Henry Martin: What, if any, responsibility, do you feel as an artist, in what way, or toward whom?
Eloise Fornieles: I feel a responsibility to myself and the audience to be honest, to take risks and not be afraid to fail. I spend a lot of time preparing performances but until you make them with a live audience it’s hard to know what the work is and how it will evolve. Making live artwork in this way means you risk disappointing an audience but it can also deliver something unexpected and exciting.
Henry Martin: What does it mean to change?
Eloise Fornieles: For me, to change means to grow.
Henry Martin: Should an artist be in the world, looking out, or outside the world, looking in?
Eloise Fornieles: I’m not sure an artist can ever be ‘outside the world’. But an artist can create a space for reflection within it.
Henry Martin: Does your work come from the head or the heart?
Eloise Fornieles: Both.
Henry Martin: What is inspiration? How do you find it?
Eloise Fornieles: I find inspiration in everyday things. Small experiences in the day. Materials. Stories. People.
Henry Martin: How do you work?
Eloise Fornieles: Obsessively. I’m quite nomadic, so the way I work adapts to whatever space I find myself in.
Henry Martin: What does the word gender mean to you within your practice?
Eloise Fornieles: Gender is an ongoing subject within my work. I generate and perform voices which express alternative narratives on the gender spectrum. I’m fascinated by how we all perform gender and how performance as an art form can dismantle the constructs and reconfigure new ways of understanding gender.
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