FEELFEELFEEL is a messy scrapbook of manipulated physical interactions with suburban woodland and park spaces just outside of Manchester City centre, an interrogation of wildness, blackness and greenness in what it means to be a woman and performative body in these spaces, an ode to Ingrid Pollard’s Pastoral Interlude (1988) and a documentation of Amy’s last weeks in the North West of England before moving to Scotland.

Amy uses this remote residency as a way to consider the surveillance of whiteness in these ‘wild’ spaces, vulnerability and freedom within the confines of a pandemic city in 2020. Using video, movement/gesture and poses she archives roughly a series of interactions both real and digitally generated.

FEELFEELFEEL uses humanly constructed ‘organic’ green space to speak to wellness and self-care, interacting with her experience as a Black woman alone in urban wild spaces and this self-care as a radical act. Using days spent in these spaces whilst alone and supported to translate a larger experience which positions her within a politically ‘wild’ space. Amy collaborated with filmmaker SKOWT on two of the day-long explorations in which they would spend time in a semi-rural space documenting sections of the wild using greenscreen, performing with the space and watching and being watched, considering what it means to ramble performatively through the countryside.

The video series uses removal, replacing, texture and sensitivity to investigate interior and exterior expressions of wildness through the body culminating in lots of images curated into a looping video series. FEELFEELFEEL feels like an overflowing collection of documentation, Amy takes the elements and sections of the constructed ‘wild’ space home so she might create a version of existing here. The residency work is visualised as a looping scrapbook to be viewed in the form of 3 short video vignettes using experimental approaches to filming and ‘mining’ for content and an outcome.

FEELFEELFEEL is also a note home to England.

Amy will be hosting a Sunday Supplement on Sunday 28 February. More details and booking can be found on the event page available towards the bottom of this page.

 


FEELFEELFEEL Video Scrapbook

 

FEEL is part 1/3 of FEELFEELFEEL which will be shared across February as part of Amy’s remote residency with us.

 

I am in the middle of a woodland, all body, yelling my guts out.

Hair long and twisted- embedded in tree trunks – my fingers tickle wet moss like the ends of washed hair. I’m unsteady on mounds of soil and unprotected, breeze all over, poking holes in flesh and wrapping around painful teeth. Eyelashes soggy and bleeding on brown flecked with pink cheeks and peeing behind prickly male holly, bitten by dogs and dragging my face across slimy mahogany as walkers with socks in boots and fashionable dogs glide through. Standing up on the peak of a sheer drop looking across tree trunk against tree trunk.

An image description can be found here.

 

 

FEELFEEL is part 2/3 of FEELFEELFEEL

 

Self evident 1995 Ingrid Pollard – descriptions.

Leaning against a tree wearing a yellow coat with red flowers surrounded with trunks of trees. Standing in grass holding sticks wearing a suit, wearing a long pale green dress and holding a large shell to an ear. Half green and half blue horizon, holding open a fleshy watermelon.

An image description can be found here.

 

Created by Amy Lawrence with long term collaborator; filmmaker SKOWT.

 

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