Baby gestures, 2016 HD video 16:9, 4 minutes and 57 seconds, looped, colour.
Baby gestures 2016 is a response to holding my sleeping child and trying to remove them from my body without waking. Exploring the performative gestures undertaken to not disturb them, the video uses self portraiture performance for the camera to enact the sometimes subtle and not so subtle bodily movements.
It is not until babies stop breastfeeding that they learn they are not part of their mothers body. This video seeks to represent the separation and individual entities in this close relationship.
The work was initiated because I was repeatedly asked if my baby sleeps through the night yet.
*I refer to my son as them to be gender neutral.