Disley, Frances
Frances Disley works with form and colour, using her own body to animate the painted objects and surfaces that she creates. She explores the potential of working with performance, which expands the gesture of painting across sculptures, garments and backdrops. These elements are always inhabited by and presented in relation to the moving body; objects, surfaces and bodies become integrated and activated. Presenting performances that are in a state of flux and open up opportunities for the audience to participate, the artist encourages an embodied experience of the work. As a starting point, Disley often explores activities associated with the desire for self-betterment. Recent multi-sensory performance works have drawn from the vocabulary of popular activities associated with wellness, such as meditation, aromatherapy and exercise classes. RRR, 2018 stands for ‘Release, Re-Energise, Restore’ and took the form of a live dance workout class within a sports centre in Netherton, north Liverpool. This hybrid work existed as a free weekly class that ran for six weeks, in which the participants were surrounded by textile works and utilised art objects while completing a workout. A subsequential video work acts as an instructional version of the dance workout. RRR was commissioned by Sefton Libraries in 2018 as part of their At the Library series.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 34 minutes 19seconds
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  • Material description: Single channel video and textile backdrops, garments, yoga mat, trainers and ribbon
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Accession number: ACC32/2018



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