Tender Bite, 2023
In collaboration with Malaysian artist Kara Inez
Chiffon Couture Made Dress and Lace Mask, Metal Hooks, Steel Horse Bite, Elastic Horse Reins
She inserts a horse bit into the mouth with intention, the piercing sounds of metal grinding against her teeth fills the dark room. She carries the weight of her body using her teeth and mouth as she leans towards the audience with nothing but a horse bit and elastic for support. Dressed in a self-made constricting see-through dress made of chiffon and a white lace mask. Saliva dribbles from the mouth and down to her neck, the physiological response of the mouth to moisten the opened drying orifice.
She lets out a moan that could suggest the model is in a state of discomfort, yet she chooses to be present within this painful state alluding to her experiencing the feeling of pleasure. It is crucial that she willingly accepts this restraint and relinquishing of power which signifies trust between the artist and the performer.
I am interested in the mechanisms of crossing parallel words: consensual and non-consensual, while performance reviles the questions around consent and risks of objectification.
The transformation of the character throughout the performance serves as a distinctive medium for embracing the hidden wounds and idiosyncrasies of human life and brings to light the invisible parts of human desires that are labelled by society as perverse