Siân Blake

Baking, Film Still, 3 minutes, 2021

Image description: Multiple versions of the same girl, wearing a white t-shirt and shorts lying face down on the grass. Small white piece of paper next to the girl that reads ‘add enough milk to make the icing fluffy’.

My work concerns performance with themes related to the boundaries of what is comfortable and uncomfortable. It uses elements of touch, voice, words and objects. In my recent videos I have gravitated towards acting as objects and materials which follow a series of instructions to create a final object. For example, I take the elements behind a routine, such as brushing one’s teeth, and act as the elements (toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.) which is also distinguished by costume changes and sound. Eerie and weird music is also a key part of my videos to create an ominous, questionable and sometimes awkward atmosphere. Overall, I discover what individuals continue to find uncomfortable as a direct resource, to stimulate a mixture of comfortable and uncomfortable responses from the viewer.

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