Life Cycles of a Squash, 2019
Performance, 2 Channel Video and Installation,
Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Lifecycles of a Squash is an installation consisting of performance, video and sculptural elements, created in collaboration with Georgia Miller. Isabelle Pead inhabits the temporary kitchen space, performing as the figure of ‘mother’. Standing behind the alter of the kitchen table, she cooks squash soup for the surrounding audience, inviting them to help, to talk with her, participate in cooking and then eat communally. As part of the installation, two videos played on box TVs explore squash as symbol of female fertility, abundance and nourishment.
Waste material from ‘Lifecycles of a Squash’ (seeds and squash peel) were dried and imbedded into vessels, intended to be used as drinking vessels for future performances.