The Grey Book began in the summer of 2014 as a simple thought experiment: could I write an erotic romance novella, put it on Kindle, and make a little money?
But I could not contain the energy sparked by the writing of the novella and soon the entire project had blown out of proportion, resulting in a corps exquisite that unfolded into four solo performances, ten collages, three art objects, and a conceptual art project that transgressed the boundaries between fiction and my “real” life.
It is called The Grey Book after Carl Jung’s The Red Book because like Jung, I cautiously excavate the subtle energies of dreams, madness, and the expulsion of unconscious desires in order to find art in the materials that are left behind.
The Grey Book is a manuscript organized around three parts: The Performance, The Love Affair, and The Purge. Each revolves around the gradual unfolding of a story that is as much about the energies that drive narrative into form as it is about two people who, in the winter of 2015, find a temporary refuge in their opposing extremes as democracy splinters into warring factions. The novella is embedded into the manuscript as the heart of an exquisite corpse around which the visual and conceptual forms fold. As the love affair disintegrates, the novella is transformed into a canvas so that its energetic signature can be erased through purging rituals.
The following performance documentation acts as a tangential embodiment of the text.
The False Woman Bares Her Chakras
Performance for the DoorsUnlimited
Symposium in honor of Bethany Ides and Ari Ferdman [Stamford, NY / 7/1/18]
For He Whose Pornography Kills The False Woman
Performance for the Craft Talk series curated by Jen Marie and Travis Macdonald [Vox Popoli Gallery [Philadelphia, PA 6/24/16]
This Is All A Recording
Performance at Conference is Transference: Single Seconds from Mulholland Drive curated by Bethany Ides, [Knockdown Center Queens, 10/18/2014]
Down By The River
Mariah Corrigan (inflatable sculpture) Jasmine Bey Cowin (harp) Kristin Prevallet (concept). Performed at the Empire Hotel. [Hastings on Hudson, NY: River Arts Festival, April 25, 2015.]