Habitat is a durational performance and photo project in which I am "buried" in a soil like womb. The purpose is to connect the human back to nature through direct contact with the Earth’s composted soil in order to fully embody the natural ‘habitat’ of a fetus or seed. Mainly inspired by the Ecofeminist movement in the 1970s, my idea originated from connecting myself back to Mother Earth by using soil as a medium to live inside of for a duration of time as an act of exploration and empathy towards the Earth.
In the performance series, I am in the soil womb for a duration of time, between 1-8 hours in various settings. The visceral and raw connection of the body and the earth evokes an intimate and vulnerable encounter between myself, the soil, and viewers. The performance scenes create a stark dissonance of the displacement between the soil and the constructed environment. Overtime, the strong psychological and physical discomfort grew and then passed where there was a slow integration of comfort and attachment to the soil-womb.
5 digital photographic prints. Victoria BC, 2017. 17'' x 11'' each.
Performance 1 (time lapse), 8 hours long. University of Victoria VIA Building. 2016, Victoria, BC
Performance 2, 1 hour long. University of Victoria BFA Show Another Year. 2017, Victoria, BC
Performance 2 BFA Show. Photos by Laura Gildner.