I am an artist that uses a range of different materials and characters. I often work under my performance name of MsDMeanar. In this character I have been playing around with performative acts, looking for ways to transform myself. This has led me to explore notions of animalistic behaviours, and the power of witchcraft and shamanistic traditions and rituals that help people improve health or make change in their lives.
MsDMeanar has become dog headed during her menopause, an important time of transformation. Merging with my dog Percy, I am drawing on the myth of the cynocephalus, the strangers whose voice is closer to a bark, and who are consequently misunderstood and misrepresented.
Debbie Doodar is the name I use when fabricating items and ideas for MsDMeanar to play with. As Debbie Doodar I reconstruct garments and make sculptures to use during performative actions.
An installation of my ongoing exploration of transformation developments over 2020. The film below showcases my artwork and a soundtrack created in collaboration with other shapeshifters.
And a little experimental performative ritual in the space
The clearing ritual …
Becoming Animal Installation Derby University Dec 2019
Becoming Animal artefacts
Found and made objects and artefacts featured in performances and self portraits
Becoming Animal in the Lift
I installed a large self portrait in the lift to accompany visitors to the showcase displayed on the 2nd floor of Markeaton Street at Derby University