Shana Moulton, 'Decorations of the Mind II' (2011)

Multiple points in this crude landscape
Commission #3
Shana Moulton

The final commission within Multiple points in this crude landscape, will see Shana Moulton undertake a period-in-residence at Primary to make and present several new works, concluding with two performances that use the space in distinct ways

Shana is a New York based artist whose work explores the life of her alter ego Cynthia – a hypochondriac woman – who is constantly seeking relief from her anxieties and in the process of which, is searching for transcendental or mystical experiences. As she takes this journey towards personal growth and wellbeing, Cynthia’s interactions with her surroundings and the objects she encounters flicker between the everyday and the magical.

The objects, both made and found, create Cynthia’s virtual and physical world, framing her actions and behaviour, and performing as characters themselves. These created environments stem from personal experiences, subconscious associations, and fantasy, allowing an inner logic to develop, where the objects’ properties and associations acquire the power to shape the narrative. Banal medical and orthopaedic devices become uncanny, open up portals into parallel worlds, and present the opportunity for further spiritual exploration.

Shana will create a set and several sculptural costumes, with which to experiment with new videos and performance. The transformed architecture at Primary with its abundant natural light, space and mirrors, will provide a new world for Cynthia to inhabit, out of which further objects and narratives will emerge. Aspects of this new performance will be shown at South London Gallery, before a final presentation at Primary in January. The sculptures and video will also then be re-presented at forthcoming exhibitions at Gimpel Fils Gallery (London), Gregor Staiger (Zurich) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco).


Rather than presenting a singular outcome, Shana’s time at Primary will be punctuated by a series of events that share and reveal different aspects of her working process.

Live Lecture – Thursday 20 November, 17:15 (Offsite in Newton Lecture Theatre Two, Nottingham Trent University)

In Conversation & Screening – Thursday 4 December, 18:00

Performances – Saturday 24 January & Thursday 12 February, 20:00


This commission is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.


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