alter piece dual image

For “Alter Piece,” – an interactive performance – the public was asked to ‘alter’ a figurative sculpture using provided and found material. The sculpture, a realistic nude, was fabricated to a high degree of craftsmanship in order to foster both the natural interest humans have in each other and the sense the object was only to be regarded.  While I am interested here in questioning the traditional relationship that usually stands between viewer, object, and artist — that the viewer should stand back and contemplate a completed piece — the primary function of the performance was to demonstrate how the self and others create reality.