Sasha Ballon (she/they)
I am a visual artist and tree surgeon based in Glasgow. My practice is the meeting point of craft and trade. I use collage to incorporate moving image, performance, textiles, installation and sculpture. I place craft as a site of resistance: inherently queer for its potential to upend categorical ways of making. I bring the physical act of craft into a digital context through manipulation of archival video. The warp and weft on the loom mirrors how I approach collaging with moving image.
I use weaving and textiles within my work as a metaphor for physical strength in softness.I combine welding, chainsaw wood carvings, and tapestry weavings to compare soft and industrial processes. My chainsaw carvings take on figurative qualities while never being exact replicas. It’s within my performances where the figurative objects come into being and life.
I use a world-making approach to build characters which I place into environments to explore. Within my performances I engage with narratives of fear/desire/pleasure/power. My performances are movement collages which use the body as an extension of sculpture. The collages follow a looping structure which uses failure and dysfunctional movement patterns to test the limits of what the body is capable of.
A collection of chainsaw carved wood sculptures. Over the last several months I’ve collected wood from job sites I’ve worked around Glasgow that otherwise would have been sent to a landfill or thrown in the wood chipper. I wanted to breathe new life and bring value to these trees that were discarded. In the installation there is willow, diseased cherry, apple, birch, alder and ash tree.
Birch Ascending (Betula Pendula)
birch logs, danish oil, welded steel, steel pipe.
Details of installation with steel unistrut structure, video projections, wood carvings, textiles, costume pieces.
alder logs, danish oil, welded steel plate, steel pipe.
a moving image work exploring movement within the woods and climbing trees.
a digital weaving process using archival video and details of the loom
weaving as armour / weaving as resistance
live performance dates: May 31, 17:30 and 19:30, June 1st, 17:00 and 19:00
live stream digital event : June 3rd, 17:00 and 19:00
FACE-Cut is a movement collage which uses the body as extension of sculpture. Following a looping structure which uses failure and dysfunctional movement patterns to test the limits of what the body is capable of. Falling outside of any traditional movement practice, FACE-Cut embraces spectacle and absurdity.