Becoming an Image is a piece that works at the interstices of performance, photography, and sculpture. This piece was originally conceived as a site-specific work for the ONE Archives in Los Angeles, the oldest active LGBTQ archive in the United States. Cassils unleashes an attack on a 2000 pound clay block. Delivering a series of kicks and blows in total darkness, the spectacle is illuminated only by the flash of a photographer, burning the image into the viewer’s retina. At Cassils’s solo show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 12 photographs were displayed. They were taken by blinded photographers who captured performances from prior exhibitions in London, Montreal, and Los Angeles. These images depict Cassils sweating, grimacing, and flying through the air, a primal force, scarred flesh pummeling blocks of earth.
Header Image: Becoming An Image Performance Still No.3, Edgy Woman Festival, Montreal 2013. Photo By Heather Cassils and Alejandro Santiago (24 X 36 in.) & After, 2,000 pounds of modeling clay, sculpture from the performance Becoming An Image, Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto, 2014 Photo by Heather Cassils and Alejandro Santiago. (36 x 51 x 30 in.)