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© 2019 REBEKAH PRYOR

Thinking, Dancing (2019)

Combining silent, moving images with prayer-like text, this work explores the gap between ecstasy and distress, as endured/encountered/experienced by the maternal body. Drawing on official accounts of my fifth great grandmother's record of theft (of 'thirteen yards of Irish cloth, value 2l. 12s', among other things, from the White Horse pub in London, on 30th April 1801), and personal reflections of my grandmother's turn of phrase, 'Up here for thinking, down there for dancing', in Thinking, Dancing (2019) I consider historical dislocations of the body, testing philosopher Luce Irigaray's idea of the 'sensible transcendental' - the body's divine sensibility - and unsettling normative expectations of what and how the body of the mother can be, feel and bare. This video was first exhibited with the accompanying prose:

O God

I am

beside my self, quick'ning

an exchanging

rearranging

ec-stasis

between

one

two

O God

I am

a bundled, retted beet

steeping heavy

stinking sodden

with distress

cleft of

sin

hope

O God

I am

remnant of glory, gone

scutching, hackling

spinning fibres

becoming

loosely 

wove

cloth

O God 

I am

thinking, dancing, being

made and moving

seeing fragment

cells laid bare

looming

large

still

O God

I am

mercy

Rebekah Pryor, January 2019

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