A sticky sweet sickly punch. Slow-mo. Loud. A hit. A dissolving. A deconstruction. A destruction. KABOOM. A sugar-caked lip sequence. A dirty-pure pose in white heels, white lace (Britney style). A disappearance. Now you see me, now you don't. I'm over here. Can you see me? I'm stepping into and out of the White. Can you see me? I'm getting my saw out. I'm going to carve this up.
In 2006 Sheila was commissioned by Chelsea Theatre to make White Squall; an investigation into ‘whiteness’ - as a colour, ‘idea’, cultural signifier, surface, veneer and ultimate symbol of horror. Sugar Sugar White revisits the territory again, asks the same questions, explores the same materials, walks the same ground - but does it louder, faster, stronger.
An early version of the work was recently shown in Poland Warsaw, at EPAF 2009. A redeveloped version was then shown at NRLA 2010.
What happens in the work?
Sheila works live with various 'white' materials whilst accompanied by a soundtrack. These materials include icing sugar, flour, china figurines, lace, chicken flesh etc. The piece playfully destabilises ideas of purity in relation to gender and race.
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