Drawing from athleticism, Marnie Hollande’s ‘live sculptures’ centre on representations of dominant power structures, concealment and the aestheticization of restraint. She focuses particularly on dance and its components for its duality: as an aesthetic and emotive communication opposed with undertones of endurance and the rigorous pursuit of physical extremity. In performance the latter points are brought to the surface through the restrictive costume and choreography.
In collaboration with practitioners of Laban, Rambert, and New York Ballet, impaired vision and limitation of limbs induce a particular internalised state in performance so that what’s left of the liberated body and movement is intensified. The live contexts explore different channels of empathy and audience/performer exchange that are the base of physical performance, emphasized by the apparent restriction of the figure and their fluctuating position between performer and art object.
Marnie Hollande graduated from Goldsmiths in 2009 with a BA in Fine Art & Art History. Based in London, she combines her practice with filmmaking and commercial illustration. She has shown live performance and video work at The Hospital Club, The Brunswick Gallery, Martina Spetlova’s Pedigree Showcase and most recently at Scope Art Show, New York for Armory Week. Her latest work has been part-commissioned by Ideas Tap and will debut at Debut Contemporary in April.