TF18 Programme

Tempting Failure 2018 brings an eclectic selection of performance art and noise art from some of the most exciting artists around the world.

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Sarah Davis - Push

  • Matthews Yard 1 Matthews Yard Croydon, England, CR0 1FF United Kingdom (map)

Push an ever-growing work exploring the artist’s experience of receiving chemotherapy and having a stemcell transplant for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The work has been evolving since June 2017.

Over an 18-hour period artist Sarah Davis will be working in situ documenting and archiving the medical ephemera she has collected over the past year and a half and transforming these objects into plaster artefacts.

The work functions as a landscape of trauma, it sits on the floor so the audience views it from above, tracing the narrative suggested by each pill packet. It is a cathartic work that addresses themes of survival, unfairness and the burden of ill health. 

About Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis’ work spans drawing, installation and sculpture. With a meticulous attention to material and their environmental, historical and social provocations, Davis seeks to make works that sit in abject dialogue with the viewer, both unsettling and enticing them at the same time.

Davis’ most recent work is guided by her personal experiences with sickness and health, maintaining health and the unfortunate acceptance of a loss of control. Leading from this Davis has sought mantras, materials and motifs we associate with survival to try and make sense of a reality many humans seek to ignore.

This FREE performance takes place each afternoon in Matthews Yard.

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