Photos: Waded

Artspace, Sydney

A tableau vivant presenting the primal substance of blood as a carrier of sustenance and contagion.

Two figures bleed into a vessel of water, staining it red. The audience surrounds them, implicated in the experience of pain, risk and transcendence.

Pain and the breaching of skin, central features in the work of senVoodoo, are vehicles to a realm of intense focus. The body under duress engages viewers on a profoundly visceral level, requiring a negotiation of notions of mortality, contagion, sacrament and the body’s essential fluidity, within the immediacy of the act of bleeding and the blending of blood and water as a symbol of alchemical union and transformation.

Font also refers to the hepatitis C positivity of Fiona McGregor. A potentially fatal blood borne virus imposes a quarantine. The flow of blood in public becomes a graphic assertion of the Self against external and internal boundaries; the couple stretch towards one another, but are still unable to fully join.

senVoodoo was co-founded with AñA Wojak in 1998.