The body in time and place

Through symbolic action Becky Bowley’s work evokes the relationship between the body and time through the medium of traditional making and the movement of the body within a place. Her interest lies in poetical dialogues between the memory and imagination of human feeling and experiences becoming an embodiment of dream, myth and the ineffable. Materials are composed as symbols of the elements that resonate with impermanence and hint at transformation - to move the body within time and space “To cross a territory, to walk, to open a path, to recognise a place, to comprehend symbolic values, to invent a geography”5.

The Mistakes I Have Made

The Mistakes I Have Made is a boat, it is the sea and a musical instrument.

It is an endurance piece set to a collection of writings accumulated through an informal call out in which people were asked to describe their personal experiences of longing and waiting. It dreams of times, people and places that you want to go to but can not, it carries and transports us to those places through aloneness, distance, dream and physical endurance.

The body becomes tired through rowing, rowing without physically being able to go anywhere, but rowing none the less, enduring the movement to enable the tired body to be transported as if by magic and child-like innocence to another shore where anything is possible, time stands still and dreams have no limit.

( 3 hrs, make shift boat frame, oars, white fabric, music stand)