November 2016_by Federica Tattoli
The work of Goring is totalising; a scene is created in which the artist materialises many of the figures and tropes found in a prolific output of poetry and drawing published online across many platforms 2009-present. Iterations of Penny and from her psyche: totems and objects of memory, desire, pleasure, hate, fear and lust. She is an artist and poet. She makes sculptures, drawings, poems, paintings, songs, image macros, videos, and interactive digital poems. Her work includes: hatefuck the reader (5everdankly publications, 2016), DELETIA – self portrait w no self (New Museum/Rhizome, 2015), LOVE TESTER DELUXE (Peanut Gallery Press, 2014), and The Zoom Zoom (eight cuts gallery press, 2011). She has performed her poetry at Looks Live at the ICA, and Re-Materialising Feminism at the ICA and the Penarth Centre, and will be presenting a selection of her digital work and performing live at The South London Gallery on 23rd November 2016. She is co-editor of MACRO - an anthology of image macros (Boost House, 2016), and was late summer/fall poetry editor for Fanzine, 2015. Recent shows include Dreamfair/Frieze NY (Arcadia_Missa, London), Works Off Paper (SALTS, Basel), and PROJECT 1049 in Gstaad. #pisswave is an ongoing collaborative project with hela trol pis.
How would you present your work?
In a space you are only allowed to enter and be in with great caution, and if I don't love you, get out.
This Friday Nov. 11 you will open a solo show at Arcadia Missa, Damaged Gods. I know that it will be an installation of sculptures, could you tell me more about it?
Most of the sculptures I made this year, and one I made in 1986. They are all fabric and/or wood, all the stitching done by my hand. I don't like sewing machines, the stitches are ugly, no soul. I need total control of every stitch to get the shapes, positions, everything I want the fabrics to do, the tension, warp n weft etc. This year was the first time I've worked in this way since 1996. I picked up the threads I left dangling and yanked them into now.
You work with poetry, drawings and you have also a digital current of works... could you tell me something about these different ways to express yourself?
Every medium is a tool to make with/toy to play with. If there was infinite time I would use everything every day.
Anger, grief, fear, joy, anxiety and lust – which meaning have into your life and in your work?
These things propel everybody don't they? I make to survive being me, to contain myself, to try be safe, to get through a day without jumping under a train, relapsing, or getting locked up. To stop myself going out and doing criminal damage or hurting myself.
Where do you make your works?
In my living room by the light of my computer screen, or standing at my kitchen worktop.
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
A collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
I don't know anything about collections!
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
I don't think about stuff like this.
The market or your need to express?
I don't know anything about the market.
Lightness or depth?
Both are good. But depth is deeper. And candles make light in the dark.
Day or night?
I love every hour of every day except between 1pm and 4pm can feel frightening - empty empty empty, and vast enough for terrible things to happen.
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Answer that question...
Yes of course you can carry this shopping home for me, thank you.
Yes, I will gladly accept a good quality new mattress, how kind.
Yes, I would dearly love to live in a tiny corner of your huge home.
Oh my darling, you guessed right, a foot massage would be perfect.
Clean my flat? Oh wow! YES YES YES.
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
Blue Tree Grey has a 5ft wooden stand, I designed it and my dad made it, he's an old school master carpenter, I painted the stand indigo blue, made 6 long grey droopy branches for it, tied a grey velvet egg baby to its central pole with a blue ribbon, because oh dear what can the matter be, Johnny's so long at the fair, he promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons to tie up my bonny brown hair, and there's 6 midnight blue velveteen 'heads' tied to its branches, I see them as mourners, watchers, protectors, and they're my version of my all time favorite sculpture: Nature Study (Velvet Eyes) by Louise Bourgeois.
What are you reading?
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. I just finished The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, and next I'll read A Writer's Diary, Virginia Woolf.
I hardly ever watch films these days, they are too short. I watch TV shows. I need all the seasons. I started watching American Horror Story, Hotel last night. I love the extravagant tropes and lavish sets, really relaxing, I napped for 2 hours in the middle of Episode 1, then continued watching.
Where would you like to live?
Some place without the constant threat of becoming homeless.
Do you have reference artists? Artists you’d like to work with?
I prefer to keep whose work I look to as my secret. Having said that, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois live in my head. The only person I work happily with is hela trol pis. Although I did really enjoy being involved with Jesse Darling's NTGNE.
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
I'm looking forward to renovating my mum's favorite coat, it's been savaged by moths, she's letting me 'mend' it for her, I'm gonna do... all sorts of things with the holes!
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
World's best alcohol and drug and sex and love addiction counsellor.
Let’s imagine a group show. Who would you like to exhibit with?
I don't want to imagine this. It feels like a waste of brain-time to me.
Yes or no to curators? If yes, who would you choose?
I've not had much experience with curators, the ones I have met recently are lovely, so 'yes' to curators.
A dream of yours?
A place of my own with a spare room to work in.
Valium, ballpoint pen on paper, A4, 2016. Available as an A2 Silkscreen Limited Edition print from Arcadia_Missa
armourr, image macro
Damaged Gods, installation view at Arcadia Missa
Shock-a-Lolly-Dolly, 1986 and Blue Rabbit