Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka
Paloma Proudfoot lives and works in London. As well as her solo sculptural practice, she works in collaboration with artist and choreographer Aniela Piasecka, with whom she is co-director of performance group Stasis.
Aniela Piasecka lives in Glasgow and works between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Piasecka’s practice is choreographic and often collaborative. Recent collaborative works include ‘belittle’, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London (2017); ‘Letters’, The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2017); ‘Made To Be Broken’, Edinburgh International Art Festival (2016); and ‘The Jockey’, originally made at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (2015), also shown at Bloc Projects, Sheffield; Union Club Studios, London; and Buzzcut Festival, Glasgow (all 2016).
Proudfoot and Piasecka’s work takes the shape of role-play, hybridising cliché, emphasising the absurdity in real life everyday performances. Movement serves to create, complete or damage sculptural installations. Mundane tasks such as cooking, dressing, and shaving merge with the melodramatic, revealing a ritualistic eroticism. Both bodies and objects are taken beyond the seductive and wilfully pushed to the point of volatility and destruction.
It is around and with Proudfoot’s sculpture and clothes-making that the performances are created. Narrative potential is drawn out of an ever-growing bank of sculptural elements, for which Piasecka and Proudfoot continually revise and reimagine the function. These re-emerging objects and uniforms act as a continuous thread throughout the performances. They build an episodic framework between outings feeding into a cyclical process that constantly crosses over itself.
Piasecka’s training in dance guides her approach to the collaboration, the choreography forming and completing the installation, and exposing the perfection of Proudfoot’s still life compositions to human fallibility. The movement becomes an intermediary between the sculpture and the wider architectural context of the exhibition space. Using shop front locations, show-room kitchens and purpose-built platforms, the audience is coerced into viewing a carefully constructed scene in which the mess and detritus of real life steadily infiltrates.