DIY: 2012 – Eloise Fornieles : Stop it and Just DO.

Eloise Fornieles

Stop it and Just DO.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

DIY 9: 2012 – Call for Participants

A workshop on intimacy and endurance performance – accessing physical and emotive landscapes.

Project summary:

Sol LeWitt letter to Eva Hesse

Dear Eva,

It will be almost a month since you wrote to me and you have possibly forgotten your state of mind (I doubt it though.) You seem the same as always and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t! Learn to say “fuck you” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, gasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, mumbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scrumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, glitching, moaning, groaning, looming, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose-sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, grinding, grinding, grinding, away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!!!

Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt nurtured, supported and inspired each other over their 10 year friendship, which is evident in their work and letters. In this particular letter from LeWitt to Hesse the emphasis is on letting go of anxieties by ‘doing’. The first half of this workshop is structured to enable participants to form trust, respect and support between performer and participant. The second half is to channel the emotional information they have absorbed from their fellow participants into a physical performative experience.

On the second day participants will choose a sculpture within Yorkshire Sculpture Park and walk around the piece for 5 hours. Each sculpture will be treated as a sundial and talisman giving the performers access to a natural sense of time and an object on which to focus their energy. In doing this the participants gain a new way to access and understand their relationship to sculpture and the landscape.

Dates, times and location:

Friday 5th – Saturday 6th October 2012. 10am – 5pm both days.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG

Application procedure:
The workshop is open to all interested parties. Previous experience isn’t necessary but it is preferable to have relatively good humour and good health. Participants will arrange their own accommodation and travel to Wakefield, but a contribution towards expenses is available to all participants.

Please send the following information to [email protected] (cc’d to [email protected]):

• Name, contact details.
• A short personal statement.
• A paragraph about why you would like to participate.
• A selection of up to 10 images of your work, with brief descriptions of that work.
• For those with no previous live art/ performance/ art experience please send up to 10 found images you find inspiring.

One place still available – get in touch soon.


The artist:
Eloise Fornieles’ practice is predominantly performance-based. Focusing on one-to-one interventions within installations and soundscapes, she invites audiences to question simple interactions and gestures – from the intimate and profound to the prosaic and banal. This investigation into personal human connections is framed within a broader overview of the relationship between body and environment, and the individual’s place as part of a much larger system. Fornieles’ installations create a space for contemplation, whilst her own emphasis on physical endurance provides a backdrop for a more visceral understanding of the body as material, with its limitations and its capabilities. Engaging with strands of mythology, ritual and storytelling, and often depicting animals, she teases out the symbolic resonances that hold meaning within our everyday interactions.

Contact information:
Please email in the first instance: [email protected]

This DIY project is supported by Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

This project was a response to the DIY 9 Call for Proposals

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