Sam’s work researches, creates and reflects on the concept of what they refer to as ‘choreographic objects’.
A ‘choreographic object’ is any work Sam creates that has, through the process of making or in the way it looks, a relationship to the body and movement. These works have included animation, analogue and digital film, paintings and crafted objects, such as 3D printed forms. These objects are created through movement and rhythm, whether in the form of still images lifted from film footage of Sam’s live art or in the dynamic, repetitive gestures of their mark making.
Referencing space, time, rhythm, repetition and direction, the objects then go on to inform choreography, as well as to document it. They are reliant on visual empathy on the part of the perceiver to interpret and respond to the works through and with the body.
As a neurodivergent artist with sensory processing differences, these objects allow Sam to work in non-verbal ways that begin and end in movement and embodied interactions without recourse to traditionally privileged verbal and written forms of communication.
As an emerging curator Sam is influenced by disability-led approaches to interpretation, particularly focusing on sensory modalities of understanding neglected in traditional forms of art museum interpretation, such as touch. Sam explores methods of providing art historical, social, material interpretation– that different people can use in different ways to help them make meaning from what they are looking at. Sam’s focus is on visual, tactile and sound elements to achieve this, rather than written text or curatorial talks. For some of this work Sam considers their own neurodiversity which sometimes leaves them unable to talk and process written language and traditional forms of interpretation.
Sam questions the relationship to speech and the primacy of the listener in the art institution/ visitor paradigm and to begin to offer a critique of logocentrism. Logicentrism here refers to the tradition of Western science and philosophy that regards words and language as a fundamental expression of an external reality. They are currently engaged in thinking about depictions of pain and recovery and ways of relating embodied sensory practice digitally supported by Artist Network, NODE Curatorial studies and Exchange 62 project and Pyramid Arts curatorial circle.
Sam has collaborated with the performance artist David Clarkson since 2016 to create body based live art.
Sam has been a member of Guerrilla Art Lab, a queer, feminist, live art, performance collective since 2016. See more about this work here: