A Pilgrimage for Sylvia is a ongoing performance and research project which focuses on Emmie's pursuit to find the remaining traces of Sylvia Plath's presence. The project so far has taken the form of an intimate one to one performance, a lecture performance and a installation each documenting her ongoing search for another artists creativity and personal life embedded in the different landscapes of West Yorkshire and London.
At the core of this project is a desire to explore into what it means to make a pilgrimage both physically and spiritually. This project continues a preoccupation which runs throughout Emmie's performance practice an interest in pursuing other women's histories and personal experience.
Within the one to one performance encounter an individual participant is invited to retrace the journey that the artist made to Sylvia Plath's grave in the village of Heptonstall, West Yorkshire. The participant is invited to mark each location on that journey with a gold pin, to handle relics from the journey, to leave their footprints on ordanance survey maps. This intimate encounter invites the participant to explore of what it means to make a journey and how you mark your own presence in an ever changing landscape.
The lecture performance investigates a final walk which a woman makes, the absence and presence of a dead poet, and an unanswered telephone call. The performer stands in front of you in a black coat, they play a game of hide and seek with you and they guide you on a midnight walk from a front door to a telephone box in the city streets of London . This performance examines how you reenact someone else's history, your own and how you record and document those histories.
The installation takes the form of an archive for this project 'A Pilgrimage for Sylvia Archive ' it showcases a collection of objects relating to the project. It explores the role of the archive the relationship between artist and archivist and how we commemorate an absent artists life.
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