NYC Premiere at The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival
Performer/creator with Anisa George
This began during Swim Pony’s Cross Pollination Residency. Chelsea and I were paired with Jaime Alvarez, a photographer. Shame Portraits are photographic records of a version of the self that is both shameful and pleasurable to inhabit. Each shoot was predicated by writing exercises, strategic conversations, and liability waivers.
Character in Progress
She doesn’t have a name yet. She makes large messy drawings. Sometimes they are images of men being devoured by their own penises. Sometimes they are abstract ink scratch.
She does dream work when she’s bothered and doesn’t know why. Dream work means this to her: she started with Peg Elliott Mayo’s instructions in “Rituals for Living and Dying” and then described it to so many people that it slowly changed. Here are her steps interpreted:
Before going to bed hold your specific problem in your mind. Think of your problem like a lozenge and suck on it with the mouth of your mind. Taste your problem.
Ask the universe to send you a dream to help you understand the issue.
Go to sleep.
Write down your dream in all its details.
Then re-write/free-write every significant aspect of the dream from the “I” perspective. Humans but also objects or locations. For example: “I am a penis that won’t get hard. I can’t do what others want of me. I can’t control it. I am being manipulated by forces outside of my control… etc.