Comfort Sessions with Katelena Hernandez: a part of the M PATH group exhibit
Thursday, September 19, 2013
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Joann Cole Mitte Gallery 1
Austin based performance and installation artist, Katelena Hernandez,
brings her Comfort Sessions project to The University Galleries as part
of a group exhibition titled M PATH. Comfort Sessions is a performance
and installation that continues the artist’s focus on the concept of
comfort: how it is created, how it is perceived, and the complexities of
the politics of how it is shared among people who know one another and
between strangers. The work seeks to explore and mitigate the
dichotomy of awkwardness and intimacy.
In this variation of
Comfort Sessions, a project based on comforting through the singing of
lullabies, Hernandez wears a dress made from 100 yards of red polyester
fleece, bound into bundles with ribbon surrounded by a “nest”
formation comprised of 180 pillows on which participating viewers rest.
Choosing from a personal collection of over 180 lullabies from many
ethnic and musical traditions, Hernandez sings lullabies and comforts
participants for up to three hours at a time, covering and comforting
listeners with the bundled fleece during the performance.
Mary Mikel Stump
Lectures, Visual Arts
Faculty, General Interest, Staff, Undergraduate Students