Being Water Performance Photos. National Botanic gardens, Dublin 2018

I built a series of installations and performances under the title of being Water for Sculpture in Context 2018, at Dublin's Botanic Gardens. I created the persona of Grandmother Water which allowed me to embody my concern for the future generations (my grand children) on this planet and also to embody water itself, as it exists in the physical body ( cellular, inter cellular, lymph, blood, cerebro- spinal, synovial etc....) The second and third performances included a walk to the nearby stream. Participants followed, playing basic instruments. Once we reached the stream, i emptied a large plastic bottle of Lourdes water, found in an old house in Wicklow. We then returned to the venue where a very honest and spontaneous conversation unfolded. Everyone (or almost) worries about the planet, it felt to me that allowing open discussion and a ritualized set of gestures allow the groups to connect to feelings of sadness and fear about it. This I hope can be helpful. I hope to develop this work further. I would like to thank Lauralee Guiney and Erin Quinn for the photography and video.

Here is the blurb I placed on the exhibition space wall:

Water pollution, especially by plastic, is a recurring theme in Paola Catizone’s work. For the video, she has filmed water in a park in Drimnagh, in Dublin, where she lives, in Wicklow, where she often spends time, and in Gran Canaria, her original family home. The video is a meditation on water as an essential element underlying many other natural structures. Musician Robin Sherry Wood has composed the sound track to the video to bring an immersive quality to the work.

The performance is an extension of the video and sound work, and it seeks to activate the space with a necessary sense of loss for our diminished environment and also with play and hope for appropriate action. While performing, Paola uses past sculptural works, made with up-cycled plastic during a period of prolonged immersion in the subject of plastic pollution.

The use of light during the performance responds to the fluorescent nature of deep sea creatures. The names written in UV ink come from the Marine Life section of the IUCN Red List. The creatures named are at risk of extinction.