Performance by Jill Sigman. Embroideries by Heidi Henderson.
Interdisciplinary artist Jill Sigman returns to The Ringling after Hut #10 for a durational movement ritual in Gallery 21. The granddaughter of immigrants who arrived in this country as
unaccompanied minors, Sigman seeks to heal the necessary ties to land, plants, and history that were radically cut through the experiences of child immigration, poverty, persecution, and Americanization. She weaves connection between our own current environmental toxicity, her mysterious illness from working with garbage, and her grandfather’s allergy to goldenrod. The piece includes fabrics she hand dyed with goldenrod, embroidered by Heidi Henderson.
This is one of a series of movement rituals by Sigman addressing body, earth, and ancestral lineage as interconnected and mutually in need of healing. Like all rituals, they seek to do, not to entertain. Your supportive presence becomes part of the unfolding of this event.
Jill Sigman is a NYC-based interdisciplinary artist and agent of change whose work exists at the intersection of dance, visual art, social practice, and activism. She choreographs with bodies and materials to bring focus to intersecting issues of environmental and social justice.
Image by Jill Sigman