I love to create and show my work in public. In places where it's unexpected and sometimes uninvited. When I arrived in Paris I felt such a strong negative atmosphere that instantly I felt I would not be able to make my work here. There are police everywhere. Guards with huge guns. On the metro everyone's expression is guarded and everyone is holding their ground. A single photo being taken sparked a 20 minute debate between an old man, homeless man, and young boy. Where while I couldn't understand most of what was being said, terrorist was mentioned several times.
So when I happened to walk into the empty 59 Rivoli gallery with Yumi it felt so obvious to us that this was a space that should be filled. Having a glass wall between me an Paris seemed necessary in order to create work. I never imagined we would be allowed but to my amazement we were given permission at 3:00 and were told to have the gallery clean again by 8:00. This created the adventure perfect for what I like to make. Something ephemeral. If you're there you get to see it. If not, too bad. I first tied a network in the background to create a bound environment. I tied and suspended a few simple shapes to give the network life and movement even without a human in it. This also demonstrates the strength of the network and of the rope so the shock of seeing a human added to it is somewhat lessened. Once it was dark I began to tie. Outside a crowd was forming, but inside there was no sound other then a Skype conversation happening somewhere upstairs. The atmosphere felt very different. Yumi came in from outside to tell me to kiss Poppy. She thought people watching were very tense and even though I had chosen positions that were very easy and more beautiful then brutal they needed reassurance that this was consensual and okay.
Kinbaku, Japanese rope bondage has the power to give someone the most profound natural high. This feeling is so important to share with people, it shows them a little bit of magic in themselves and in the world. My goal is to share this magic with as many people in the world as possible. Thank you to59 Rivoli for letting me share with people on the streets of Paris. And thank you Hajime Kinoko my teacher for giving me a medium to express myself in.
Models: Yumi and Hinako
Made with help from Yumi