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Posts Tagged ‘lobsters’

The lobster within: Performance artist Edwina Ashton at Jerwood Space

Did you know lobsters in captivity rearrange their caves? Edwina Ashton knows, and she has created a performance art piece where we can watch her do just that in full lobster garb. It’s quite something, what goes on at Jerwood Space. Illustrations by Mina Bach and Caz Lock.

Written by Jessica Furseth


Lobster woman by Mina Bach

Reading the brochure only served to confuse me further ahead of my visit to Jerwood Space. The descriptively-named ‘Show’ seeks to examine “the integral role that performance plays within an artist’s practice and its subsequent representation in an exhibition context” … Okay, unhealthy hospital so it makes a little more sense now after I’ve seen it, search but only a little. It’s performance art, people – enter at your peril, but it will be like nothing you’ve seen before.

Watching Edwina Ashton dressed up as a lobster, slowly moving about the studio moving things, was something akin to a surreal experience. It was hard to know what to think as Ashton, whose lobster head was secured with a pair of pink fishnets, positioned egg cartons in a wood frame. What’s she doing? What’s going on? Is it… read more

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