Michael Duncan
Michael Duncan

Melbourne, Australia

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Medium

Hand cut stencil, aerosol and acrylic on board

Description

This work is one of a series in which I explore masks through the lived performance art of Butoh (a Japanese dance discipline). The work explores the transition of the woman from herself to her performance piece during the ritual of applying the traditional Butoh makeup. In Butoh this transition is never seen by the audience, as the performer applies the make up they 'empty' their body of their own identity and ego. When the Butoh artist is performing they can dance 'anything (water, rock, wind, pain, freedom etc) or anyone' because they have removed themselves from the performance entirely.

The makeup and the ritual attached becomes the vehicle for 'killing ones self' each time they prepare to perform, once the performance is over the are 'reborn anew'. The philosophy of Butoh stands out to me as a unique practice because of this reason. What you are looking at is the transition to death of this woman as she empties herself completely for her art, knowing once the performance end she is reborn like a phoenix.

This piece also includes a custom built timber frame.

TAGS

#stencil, #stencil art, #acrylic paint, #hand painted, #mask, #death, #rebirth, #butoh, #urban art, #portraiture, #portrait, #perfromance, #woman, #makeup
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