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Rodeo Gallery - Piraeus

41, Polidefkous Str., 18547 Piraeus www.rodeo-gallery.com Drive me

Womb Life

Admission: Free
Opening: 16.06.2019, 16:00
19.06.2019-14.08.2019

Wednesday-Saturday: 13:00-21:00

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It is difficult to say what Tamara Henderson really is.

Or where she lives or where she comes from and where her work resides.
Most of the times I try to find an answer to that I think that everything occurs in the filmic space, maybe because this is how I met her first, through a small projection in CCB’s Brain. Then words appear: biology becoming one with emotions; poetry take-over, the endless process of writing and free association. And then architecture, the construction of spaces through drawing, sewing, painting and sculpture. Her Newfoundland body in worldly adventures via material reflecting forms of cities she inhabits, places she occupies temporarily to then moves on to loci offered on the basis of art and hospitality and vice versa. A nomad in a perpetual rooting process, Henderson makes work that extends her bodily adaptations to places and situations, people that she engulfs and she is embraced by while attaching on to them via personal emotional mechanisms.

Is all that important for us to know? I believe it is.

The film we are presenting in Piraeus is a self-portrait. How the artist went through conception to childbearing, endlessly moving, endlessly making work, travelling, body growing, realizing forms, forms that transform as the body changes. A long, part monotonous, part intensely woven film-fabric that goes from the kilns of Goodwood Sussex to the shores of the Aegean island of Tinos via various studio spaces in London, a whole day at the New Covent Garden Flower Market, and deep inside the ultrasound room, where life appears on screen for the first time. Celluloid turns into clay, her hands holding camera and molding matter; the myth of Adam and Eve; clay turning into flesh, flesh becoming film. The hypnosis session from Gatwick Airport with artist and therapist Marcos Lutyens, a spinal part of the film, apart from setting the tone has generated a bunch of characters, a series of interactive sculptural elements.

Henderson lists:

Language of Mud
airport hypnosis
clay hand weighs
Vauxhall sensory deprivation
floating body in saline
Alison’s fossils
extruding tubes
wet clay
in palm
shoulders turning into face turning into right foot into left foot into right shin into left shin into left hip into right
hip into womb into ribs into spine into left arm into right arm into breasts
into heart
circulatory healing
full body
rust haze
Alison’s impressions
scarecrows ash Glaze
perpetual mourning
wears the brain
soft staircase
primal and slippery
eyes wet
crying
mud creature
Andy Holden
days of kiln
The Spy
turning right foot into left foot left shin into right left hip into right hop womb in to arm into ribs into heart into
breasts into neck into arm into shoulder into shoulder into brian into nose into eyes into cheeks into mouth
loz and jake
skeletal weld
circulation cycle
bodiless brain
on the dock

Nomad
scarecrows ash Glaze
perpetual mourning
wears the brain
soft staircase
primal and slippery
eyes wet
crying
mud creature
Andy Holden
days of kiln
The Spy
turning right foot into left foot left shin into right left hip into right hop womb into arm into ribs into heart into
breasts into neck into arm into shoulder into shoulder into brain into nose into eyes into cheeks into mouth
loz and jake
skeletal weld
circulation cycle
bodiless brain
on the dock

Sound Shepherd
spying foliage
Green tinted glasses
collapses
feeling
felting
body electric

Eye
Trilobite puzzlepiece
body house
seasons good bye
insects eye view
samma arahung
breath work
good night
puppet master
emerald persuasion
body in wave
tinos life in utero boat
queens gardens conception
placental pulse
chasing lizards through
amniotic fluid
mantra through traffic
meeting of waters
two heart beats
colour vision midwife
caper snail
bedroom shelf
weed maze
pressure plate
saw myself
clicking heels to Bermondsey
though the tubes
back bender
iyengar studio maida vale
pelvic floor
skeletons in the closet

Sun Spider
to kill a centipede
mistakenly poisonous
rays of
insemination
8 legged luminous
heart beat of the night
heavy pregnant body on
swollen ankles

Womb Life, apart from the video is an integral process. An extension of the artist’s body into life and forms that unfold from universal myths to the artist’s own story as a cosmic entity, a child of the earth and a mother.