Megan Garrett-Jones
Lady Garden Performance at Mercer Chance Gallery, Hoxton Tuesday 9th of January 2018 11:50:57 PM Post tagged as: Performance, Mercer Chance Gallery

To coincide with the exhibition, Lady Garden – paintings from Rachel Mercer and Enya Lachman-Curl exploring feminine psyches and botanical forms – Rachel curated a performance and spoken word event, held Sunday 22nd October at Mercer Chance Gallery in Hoxton, London. Presenting artists were: Aude Hérail Jäger, Jessica St. James, Rachel Mercer and myself.

In my performance ‘Effort and Shape’, I wanted to return to some of the rules from my once upon a time method acting studies to explore ways to bring inner landscapes into expressive shapes. As detailed in my statement:
'The garden as escape becomes a pertinent contradictory image regarding the multiple expectations of women as carer, homemaker, emotional labourer, earner, looker and feminist compass. The garden can be the unruly extension of the home. Still there is labour in our cherished nature. Armed with a spray bottle, a fern in a pot, some laddered pantyhose and a set of inner attitudes, Megan looks at how a woman might extend outside herself amongst aestheticised rules.'

I was happy to be able to reference icons such as Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise and Laban protégé dancer Mary Wigman.