Crossing Borders 2013 | Talk Description | 10 December 2013
Amy Sharrocks invites people to join her on journeys in which their own experience, communication and expression are a vital part. Her work implicates people and aims to be entirely collaborative: a co-authorship. She offers an invitation to participate, which people can answer any way they want. Her work looses shame and encourages risk. What is then produced transforms the days and the streets we walk through with visions of the fantastic.
For many years Amy has been investigating people and our connection to water. On 12 July 2007 she made SWIM, where 50 people swam across London from Tooting Bec Lido to Hampstead Heath Ponds. She then drifted her boat on swimming pools across the country. Amy is currently gathering donations for Museum of Water, a large public collection of water that people want to preserve, in the container of their choice. She continues to make many walking, stumbling works across Europe, and is encouraging people to sign up for Swim the Thames, a mass swim in 2015 across The Thames River, underneath Tower Bridge. In 2012 she won the Sculpture Shock award from the Royal Society of British Sculptors, and spent her time there making many falling works, including the large participatory pieces, Invitation to Fall, Time to Fall and Flop. Her writing Anatomy of Falling is about to be published in Performance Research Journal.