In Pierrot (Performance) #1 a photographic image printed on satin created originally to function as a cut-out Pierrot costume is cut-up and collaged directly onto the surface of the painting. This element the cut-out costume was originally used, staged for a performance, with sewn and painted elements extending and amplifying the long, muted and restrictive sleeves. The abstract elements in various textiles represent dance notation and the printed diamonds are harlequinesque in character. I collage on to the painting canvas surface with all the methodologies of a large wall assemblage, reinforcing the performative practice inherent in my work processes.
In creating this work in 2020 there is poignancy to the representation of Pierrot long considered in art, theatre and popular culture as the European buffoon, the sad clown, the alter- ego of the artist.
Sydney Contemporary, Online Exhibition. 1 - 30 October, 2020