Ladybird was the first iteration of the series. The work takes as its starting point a story of my great-great-grandmother who, at the age of two, was allegedly taken as an eagle's prey, leaving her with scars on her chest for the rest of her life. Throughout the performance, the chest (both the bodily chest as well as the furniture) is used to gather material to think through various transmissions of embodied knowledge and the cut that often follows. This one-woman-show is a monologue about marriage, sisterhood, magic tricks of women sawn in two, predators, bodybuilding, physical brittleness, chests made for women to collect objects in and how in those same chests their children suffocated. The interwoven narratives are reflections on visible and invisible scars, the multifaceted nature of inheritance and the confined spaces women have been allocated throughout history. A hand-hammered metal sculpture serves as a shapeshifting talisman and co-performer. The resistance and reflection of material my body met when hammering the metal fed candidly into the narratives. Thus it carries me through the different narratives as a stage and prop taking the role of a river, a husband, a chest and a benchpress amongst others.

Performance: ca. 20 minutes
Sculpture: Hot rolled steel (hand hammered) 100x40x160
Documentation: Studio Wolphi