Bryan Schoneman

I activate objects with a performance. These performances are moving toward a ritual use of materials and movements. The twisting or flattening, the rocking and clapping, the sifting or dumping of dirt is never a meaningless manipulation. I am interested in the materials transformation, the remnant, and the engagement with my body. I remember the way that my grandma made pie, the way she handled the material, the ritual of her process, the way that she twisted the crust- compress, twist, compress. This ritual of making pie gave my grandma control over her internal and external environment; she expressed herself through the process of making and contained the reception of the pie through her love and energy. For her the pie was made and shared to foster closeness and conversation. This is the type of ritual I would like to achieve in my work.