Almost naked, Almost black
To be able to connect with people is one of arts occupation and how this connection is made is for each artist different.
To have a body, one must learn the way to be seen. To have a voice, one must learn a way to be heard. In this work the way the artist presents herself to the audience is through her voice.
I sing a “Wienerlied” from 1933 that tells a story of difficult times but in a very good spirit. I sing in a dress, a “Tracht” that is dipped in plaster and drops until it gets hard and becomes a sculpture in my body. Breasts exposed; voice loud and clear as I sing. The dress becomes hard and it is not a dress anymore but a hard shield, that “protects” me, that hides and shows me, a stranger, an outsider that carries a message and delivers it in such a way.