As mentioned in my last blog post, I performed the burden of this for the last time about a month ago. I traveled the London to do so at the glorious Tempting Failure Biennial of Performance Art and Noise. I was there alone and therefore was unable to collect my own documentation of the performance. On the off chance that there might be something posted online about it, I googled myself (yes, that sounds pretty ego-y but I'm eager to see since it was reported me that people prayed [PRAYED!] over me while performing).
What I came across was a lovely blog post about the performance of this piece at Ohio University. This was a much shorter performance of this work but I was thrilled to be there nonetheless. I thought I would include this blog post here by Quinn Hunter. For the rest of the blog (about the show), click here.
Through the cold and budding snowstorm, Heather Sincavage drug her body weight, in manure, through the parking lot and into the gallery. Her heaving, groaning, and the dragging of the bag the only sounds. As Sincavage pulled the bag over the door frame and into the space she left behind her a long trail of stained ground through the building and eventually space. Sincavage talks about the piece, The Burden of This, a physical manifestation of “struggling between embracing our vulnerability or abandoning it in fear that one might not have the strength to carry the weight.” What I found to be the most compelling of the work was the representation of self in manure. There isn’t a smell but we know what’s in the bag. The tension between in what we widely see in this culture as a negative or degraded object and Sincavage is potent and raw. There are moments in the struggle that you are sure that Heather or the bag cannot anymore. The bag will rip or she will collapse. Neither happen. At the end of the performance, there was a moment that they existed together in the same space quite and symbiotic, before Heather severed the tie.
A big thank you to Quinn and Ohio University Art Galleries for sharing my work.