luxul’s performances utilise an electric viola, a smorgasbord of effects pedals and the artist’s voice to create a meditative, cacophonous and often chaotic output that is ritualistic and primal.
One of the key underlying principles of the whole endeavour is that nothing is utilised as it should be. The viola is beaten, scratched, abused but seldom ever “played”. It serves frequently simply as a microphone to amplify a voice which is screamed, roared and growled. Each performance is improvised and created from scratch often with minimal forethought, relying primarily on the feel of the moment and atmosphere of the location.
Everything in this project is built around the artist’s personal experience with chronic pain and an ever-failing body. The viola becomes a sort of voodoo doll that she attempts to pass her suffering on to. The releasing of pain into the viola-as-an-object allows for the cathartic release needed to transcend the current physical state and to dwell out of reach of the concerns of the flesh.
Émilie-Christine Newman is a Canadian artist living and working in London, UK. She completed her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2016 with a performance from her harsh noise project luxul, earning her the Bernice Goodwin Prize for excellence in performance. luxul as an entity was developed during the final year of her MFA as a means of combining the classical music training of her childhood with the latter half of her life spent as an extreme metal vocalist. Overall her practice is built around themes of loss, decay, mortality and rebirth.
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