Sonnet 65 (2018, performance)

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea But sad mortality o’er-sways their power   How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action is no stronger than a flower?   O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out Against the wrackful siege of batt’ring days,   When rocks impregnable are not…

[VISITING ARTIST] Piazza Comunale (2018, performance)

Anglo-Italian artist Olivia Passalenti developed this performance as part of the Grottamare summer residency programme. Inspired by the bustling, chaotic public life of a classical Italian piazza, the work explores the capacity of architecture to structure, constrain and still be overspilled by the always already excessive energy of human social interaction. During the performance the…

Oh No, Tiny Ellie (2018; performance, knitted toy, flannel)

In this powerful performance piece, the artist’s repeated, unsuccessful attempts to tuck a small toy under its ‘blanket’ poignantly evoke our ever-present yearning for an always-already-lost place of merging with the caretaking mother, while providing a searing commentary on the contemporary housing crisis.