Pull back the turf and you will find my bones. Resting in peaty Pennine earth, I find some measure of peace.
Buffeted by fierce wind, made wet by heavy sheets of rain, caught on barbed fences, I am exposed and free. Up here grief makes sense. Up here I feel again.
I yearn for this sensation, dream of it, fantasize about it. Through L’Ariete I am navigating an experience of dislocation, of loss, of grief. Materials are at once metaphors for this experience and, simultaneously, fragments of it. The figure of the Ram is a totem, a memory. The bones are stand ins for the bones I cannot reach.
In working with this figure, in identifying with it, and attempting to become it, I am trying to mend a wound, to stitch myself up. Acts of endurance and mortification both mark this experience and offer a map through which to navigate it. I dream of being made strong by these rites.
About Joseph Morgan Schofield
Joseph Morgan Schofield is an artist working across the body, endurance and text. They use performance to navigate personal and collective memory, trauma and loss. Understanding ritual as a strategy or technology with which to both mark and constitute transformation, their performances are invitations to process – to mourn, to heal, to understand.
They are a graduate of Queen Mary University of London and will soon undertake a residency with ]performance s p a c e[ as part of the PAUSE & AFFECT programme. Joseph is the co-producer of FUTURE RITUAL, a performance platform for artists working at the intersections of myth, magick and marginality.
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