‘I Need To Be Ready’ is a series of performance art actions.
On Friday 27 March 2020 I made a series of performance art actions in the Burren National Park. By this time most of my upcoming projects had been cancelled/postponed of due to the Covid19 Pandemic.
I decided to make a performance in response to this situation, and in it, combine some of the themes I had been developing into one performance. One particular concept I had been developing was the idea of a performance based around being Ready.
I need to be ready- A durational physical performance art work. The artist compiles a list of actions to be carried out. These actions are designed to help someone be as prepared, as ready as possible for whatever might come along, whether it be unexpected, or anticipated and inevitable; good news, bad news, personal loss, cataclysmic environmental change, personal injury, illness, political upheaval, war. Who knows what life might have in store? The actions are to be carried out one after the other, and repeated until the artist can no longer carry them out.
I decided to seek out an isolated space to complete some tasks based around strength training. The isolated space would allow the work to be compliant with the social isolation guidelines that were in force at the time.
I completed the tasks wearing a nice dress I owned but had never previously worn, as the overturning of normality with covid 19 meant that waiting for an occasion to wear a garment seemed faintly ridiculous. It was time to create my own occasion.
It was important to me that the tasks be carried out in a magnificent, awe-inspiring environment where the actions would appear suitably insignificant in the greater scheme of things.
Co-coincidentally that evening, new restrictions were announced re the 2k-travel limitation. So this was the last day I could have made this work.