Kelly McDowell

Sisyphus Loop

8 – 23 August, 2014


In Classical Mythology, Sisyphus was punished by the gods for his trickery and impudence; compelled for all eternity to roll a giant boulder to the top of a mountain, only for it then to roll back down for him to start again. This struggle is used by Kelly McDowell as a model for a series of performances in her Mezzanine residency Sisyphus Loop. Over two weeks, Kelly will experiment with repetition, endurance and failure as modes of praxis, in an open ended interrogation of particular states of being. The work will continue her exploration of identity, positioning the body as a site of both resistance and compliance.

Kelly McDowell graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2013 with a Bachelor of Visual Art. Her recent works include: Amplified Empathy (2014), as part of The Festival of Uncertainty, Auckland; Untitled (fishbowl performance)(2014), as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival; External Constriction (2013), as part of Explicit:Implicit (The Porn Project), Auckland; and Transforming Typographies (2013), as part of the 5th Auckland Triennial.  Kelly was also a participant in the Artspace 2012 New Artist show, Drinking from the Fire Hose.
Sisyphus Loop is a Mezzanine based side-project of to and fro, curated by Amelia Hitchcock in the main Artspace Gallery.