Be prepared: this is an x-rated video. I’m not joking; it’s graphic. It contains excerpts from the Reading Theater Project’s One Body show. For this show members from RTP prepared individual performance pieces in response to Pamela Shields’ Masturbation Series of charcoal drawings. I created something using a recording of “All by Myself” by Washboard Sam and Big Bill Broonzy. I always wanted to perform that song somehow and it worked perfectly with this show’s theme.
One Body was a lot of fun to prepare and perform, but due to the extreme nature of the artwork, it didn’t get widely promoted. We didn’t really know who beyond the art community would appreciate such beautiful, but unapologetically sexual work. Pamela Shields drawings are extraordinary but some people have a tough time with the subject. Oh well, we had fun.
If you’re up for it, take a look: