Mouth explores breath, human voice and the mouth as a portal between one place and another. Mouth is about openings, portals, gateways, entrances and exits. It’s about thresholds, edges; where I spill out of myself and into you, forming a blend of bodies that shift as a collective. It’s about reaching the edge of myself and wondering, ‘where next?’ Considering the body as a casing, or the skin as a shroud.
Mouth was developed by Laura Edmunds to explore the body as a singular object, and how the body can transcend itself. Laura worked with members of Threshold Choir of West Wales to develop a new sound work, Lung Volumes. The Threshold Choir of West Wales specialise in singing for those in need of comfort during the final stages of living. This was an important link to build on when making the work together, as Laura’s work is preoccupied with ideas around death and the body.
Working with medical illustrations of vocal chords and the mechanisms of the mouth, Laura has developed a series of textile works that refer to her interest in cloth as a second skin.