Jenkins, known for her in-your-face, confrontational works, presents a slow-build durational performance and installation over the course of 6 hours, culminating with a 10-minute audience participation segment and, finally, a short artist talk and Q&A session.
‘Waste Not’ explores the concept of waste as complex, gendered query. ‘Waste Not’ delves into a theme Jenkins has explored habitually within her previous works, namely how lives and labour are valued according to gender. As Jenkins observes, activities considered 'domestic' are often relegated to the realm of ‘feminine,’ and thus are often assumed to be wasteful if not performed for the benefit or advancement of others. Cooking must be done for the sole objective of feeding others; knitting, for the intention to clothes others. Femininity generally lacks validity unless owned or necessitated by some sort of externality. Contrastingly, masculinity asserts its validity simply in its existence.
As a feminine-presenting performance artist who regularly utilizes textiles as her designated artistic medium, Jenkins has had personal, first-hand encounters with her works being disregarded as a ‘waste of time,’ as they lacked an evident, uperficial beneficiary. In her piece presented by SomoS, edible and soft materials will unite to create a temporary large-scale installation in response to the pervasive voices who regard expressions from women as wasted energy.
‘Waste Not’ debuts November 2, 1-8 PM, at SomoS Art House.
Participatory Segment: 7pm
Artist Talk: 7:30-8pm