Amanda MillisOn 12 September 2021 by Deej_Fabyc1
Live Art Ireland is providing me the chance to become intimate with the complexity of working through an anticolonial desire. My experimental methods— building pit kilns into the earth, conjuring glaze recipes out of raw materials, foraging found clay, and fabricating ceramic pieces as a response to previous making with the Rashaida Bedouin, Al-Rowwad, and Shurooq School for the Blind— are all in an ongoing process. During this process, I hope to dig deeper into my own positionality alongside the desire to decolonise. Why is it my right to do so?
The images and short video are of the pit kiln creation and pit firing process. The video-in-progress is currently titled “A Disabled Womxn Labours; Please Don’t Tell the Government”.
Artist in Residence During August and September 2021 – Amanda Millis is originally from Texas but has been London based for some time. Amanda made a direct application to come and research her current project here and we were happy to accomodate her as a welcome guest. Amanda is in fact our test residency she is helping us figure out what works and what doesn’t here you can find out more about Amandas work here http://amanda-millis.squarespace.com/
My practice explores anti-colonial possibility, through performance and trans-national collaboration. While at Live Art Ireland, I will explore the foliage of this anti-colonised site to perform healing rituals, such as creating plant-based bio-resins over an outdoor fire to heal cracks in small ceramic sculptures. The sculptures are created through an ongoing collaboration with the Rashaida Bedouin (2015-present). The communities and I have come up with ways to keep connected through back-and-forth ceramic design. The responsive ritual performance during this residency will be both recognisable and strange, drawing on the similarities and differences of experiencing settler colonialism as oppressor and oppressed.