Body Transfers | Part 1, 2019
Material (body, textile fabric, glass, chalk and plaster hand sculpture)
Exploring how fast-paced movements could be transferred to a surface with chalk sticks to present the play and intimate practice of body stretching for healing and exercise.
Moving between 15 minutes in varied shapes from spinning to pulling, crouching, and lunging introduced a lot of irregular lines; things that were a representation of the body and others that looked like restlessness.
The activity reminded me of handline drawings I would make as a child at creche, with layers of continuous wobbly lines that indifferently captured my fingers and the spirit of exploring familiarity with oneself.
Undecided, 2019, Performance by Tomilola Olumide
Undecided performance space
Undecided | Part 2, 2019
Performance, 8 mins
Material (body, textile fabric, glass, chalk, projector, digital collage and plaster hand sculpture)
Navigating emotional landscapes over the chaos created from the former ‘BTS’, where chalk marks, shattered chalk and glass, discarded ornaments of fabrics and plaster hand bust filled the stage 'a life-sized sketchbook'.
The ground became the sketchbook once body marks were made, it became a thing one could be playful with and not care about. It became a thing where one could hide and play with some more. It became a thing where you could be in the center and remember to forget the present.
The coloring sketchbook was undecided, dark, and dancing. It was away and present and longed for an audience. The sketchbook had peace of mind that day. It was happy that a full-figured ballerina in orange and green would spin on its tongue, and circle back again.
It was happy that there was silence and blue beaded hair flying everywhere to break the peace.
The sketchbook knew some peace this day, the sketchbook had released this day, the sketchbook was free this day.