A film of a performance; the most recent work in a series featuring strange characters created by Williams-Suggitt. The artists continue their attempts to transform into various creatures, from both the natural and fantasy worlds. Perched features the artists, dressed in turquoise velour tracksuits, feathers and hand made yellow tails, balancing on Caf stools, whilst they awkwardly try to mimic actions of bird like creatures.
Imagine having eight legs and being able to climb walls, or to have no legs at all and move by sliding along the ground. Imagine having brightly coloured feathers, a beak and being able to fly. Williams-Suggitt delve into the imagination and strive in vain to experience these unattainable and incomprehensible elements of various creatures' forms. In an ambiguous realm, where characters are neither human nor completely any other creature, a fantasy world is created and strange, unexpected and often ridiculous scenarios emerge. The work plays upon the childlike desire of human beings to experience the world as another form, and from a new perspective, leaving behind the restrictions of the human body. Yet these transformation attempts inevitably always result in frustrated failure and comment on our limitations of being human.
Williams-Suggitt is an artistic collaboration between Sarah Williams and Natalie Suggitt. The artists have worked together since 1999, exploring issues of uniformity, individual and collective identity, self and other, in a wide range of mediums from photography, video and performance, to sculptures and drawings.
Related website: www.williams-suggitt.co.uk