Art performance by Wendy Nouse is the interview I did for ShareHumanCreativity. To explain you the progress of my growth I will take an art performance example. So what is an art performance and how do you create it.
Can you introduce yourself?
Hello, I am Wendy Nouse, a contemporary female Dutch artist, based in Paris, France. I studied visual communications and fine arts in The Netherlands, and I completed my studies with an exchange program in France.
What kind of art do you make?
I am a social-political artist which means I make art about society. In my work, I visualise my observations like a journalist, and I confront the spectator with the ideas of a spectrum of different subjects and opinions.
I use different mediums for visualisation; this could be painting, illustration, sculpting and the new mediums as photography and video.
To explain you the progress of my growth I will take an art performance example. So what is an art performance? Performance art is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted. Random or carefully orchestrated, spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation.
At the beginning of my studies, I worked mainly with spontaneous art performances. In this case study, I will talk about two different scripted performances, one I created in 2015 and one in 2017.
In 2015 I created Explore L’Espace Aveugle, in this art performance, I walked blindfolded through an abandoned factory. I was using the whistling technique to show me the path. As you can see in the images, I made a lot of amateur mistakes, like the camera quality, editing, and sound recording. Also, the performance itself was relatively basic in idea and context. Even though I am delighted with this work.
After being in Paris, I got confronted with some fantastic art pieces that took art performing to the next level.
So in 2017, I gave this a shot. I created the work Nous Demandons, during my travels I got stuck in the train in Brussels. Trying to learn French, I decided to note down the words I heard around me. On the end of my page, I noticed it was like a poem, talking about where the money was going, what we were doing and how unsatisfied we are.
I decided to sing this text in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. I made the first try, to see how it would go and how I could improve my situation. What I was dealing with, it was winter, and it was a freezing rainy day, I didn’t prepare any materials for this type of weather.
During the second time, I arranged a camerawoman who could film me. I had a microphone and appropriate clothing for a sunny day. Also, I decided that the performance would not stop with just that action, I wanted to show that these words didn’t come from me, but from the people. So I asked people to repeat the lyrics I was singing.
In conclusion, I created an installation, with me projected on the wall, singing in front of the European Parliament and with a sound installation hearing the people talk around you.
Can you describe this with examples of your daily life?
I take my work much more serious then I did years ago. I always start with a spontaneous action, but instead of trying to make something only the first images I created. Today I will redo the work, make sure I have enough material, as soon as I know what I want and how to create it.
I feel that as a student, you present your work in a safe space, so you don’t feel motivated to create a real piece. I noticed that the students of ENSBA, Paris were making things to show in exhibitions etc. It means it needs to have a quality for presenting, not just to pass your grade and show your evaluation for eight weeks, and then restart a new project.
For me being in a city that presents loads of high-quality art pieces, challenges me daily to compete and construct better and more detailed work. Today I think of the results I want to create. Before I let the element of surprise dominate my art, I still give my art the space breath, but I am more in charge of the direction.
Explore L’Espace Aveugle:
Nous demandons from Wendy Nouse on Vimeo.
Art Performance by Wendy Nouse