In May 2019, over 8 days, Mile Zero Dance, Latitude 53, and dc3 Art Projects partnered together to co-present the Zero Gravity International Performance Art Festival, curated by Beau Coleman. This video is of work performed by E. M. Alysse Bowd who performed an earlier version of the work at the festival.
This performance’s genesis began a year ago with the piece Nursery Log and Potential Wishes performed as part of Zero Gravity International Performance Art Festival. The original performance was rooted in a discussion of environmental and self-sustainability, the speculation of motherhood, feral flowers, and the tangible, physical presence of fields of wishes.
A year later, I reflect on how the world has changed, how my world has changed and with it the innumerable wishes I have gathered on my body. The dandelion, an edible flowering weed, a feral urban flower that resiliently bursts through concrete hosts not just the romantic bundle of potential wishes but is the lead prop for the playground chant, “mamma had a baby and her head popped off.” A strangely amusing and dark chant sung as the bloom of the dandelion is flung into the air. A year later, and these similar materials and images hold a new need for resiliency, the onset of motherhood, the body as a true nursery log, and a desperate utterance of new wishes.
E. M. Alysse Bowd holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly the Alberta College of Art + Design) in Calgary and an MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her creative practice navigates interdisciplinary explorations between object-making, live art, and drawing practices. Over the years, Bowd’s creative practice has investigated and discussed several aspects related to societal notions of female perfectionism, the domestic, the role of objects in self-care, the uncontrollable, and the construction of personal mythology. Alysse Bowd is a recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, and commendations for her contributions to contemporary visual arts. She has participated in several international arts residencies in Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, the USA, and in Australia. Bowd maintains a studio practice in Red Deer, where she enjoys teaching part-time at the Red Deer College and at the Alberta University of the Arts. Bowd’s body of works and multi-media installations has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions that were held across Canada and abroad.