Mind Your Step., 2009

Ida Lawrence 20. Mind Your Step. acrylic, tape and canvas on library. canvas approx 5x1.9m edit

Mind Your Step. 2009
acrylic, tape and canvas on library
canvas dimensions: approx 5m x 1.9m

Ida Lawrence. Mind Your Step, installation. 2009 edit

Ida Lawrence. Mind Your Step, installation, detail 2009 edit

Mind Your Step was developed for the exhibition SWAY: links between rhythm, movement, time, memory and other tangents which aimed to explore the links between dance/movement and visual arts, drawing on the personal experiences and memories of each of the three artists – Todd Fuller, Madeleine Hayes and me.

Mind Your Step focussed on the similarities between the role of the choreographer and the role of the installation artist who asks her audience, like dancers, to move through space. It also explored the psychological effect of the reversal of audience/subject, asking the audience to be the subject (moving through space and stepping on the artwork) while being ‘watched’ by the artwork.

The painted audience image is borrowed from a photograph by Tony Duffy of gymnast Olga Korbut in the 1972 Olympics and published in the book ‘Gymnastics’ by David Hunn (page 13).

The exhibition was held at the Library Stairwell Gallery at The National Art School. On the opening night we performed sway, a body percussion dance choreographed by the three exhibiting artists and performed with National Art School library staff, students and other friends who learnt the choreography in the weeks leading up.

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