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     Contrapuntos (Counterpoints)

     Lunares (Dots)

     Seven Years After I Found His Teeth

     From My Bouquet

     Without Name

     Healing Time

     The Death Placenta

     Don't Leave

     At Least You Exist

     Skin












Performance / Installation
Duration: 1 hour
The University Art Gallery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
2009
© Copyright 2009 by Verónica Peña




The Death Placenta

The Death Placenta consists of a large painting from which pieces of styrofoam protrude. Embedded in the wall of protruding styrofoam there is an empty sculpture (a plaster mold of my body) which I occupy when I perform with the piece. I enter the mold with the help of an assistant and I perform by remaining inside it.

When I am inside the mold its weight constrains my body. I feel embraced and rocked by the sound and the warm smell of my breath. I hear the voices of the spectators as an environmental sound, only interrupted by the noises emitted by the styrofoam when I moved my body to balance it. This world of sounds transports me from inside the mold to the port of Santa Pola, a little town where I used to spend the summers with my grandparents, and where the homogeneous sound of the sea and people is only broken by the creaking of the wooden boats. The Death Placenta functions as an entrance to a limbo where I meet with the absent, with the past.





Performance / Installation
Duration: 1 hour
The University Art Gallery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
2009
© Copyright 2009 by Verónica Peña