Views of our World / Pine- porcupine
This performance results from two months of weekly meetings between Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Mar Serinyà Gou. Vanessa is a Lenape and Potawatomi neurodiverse Artist, who works with porcupine quills. Mar is a Catalan artist who works with her body in relation to natural spaces. During their conversations, Mar told Vanessa about her home and climbing up the mountain to a pine tree. Under the pine tree on top of the mountain, Mar gets a perspective on her village and herself. She feels calm and at home. Vanessa shared her work and passion for porcupines and quillwork. Quillwork is a form of embroidery that is a popular art form in her Lenape (First Nations/Indigenous) community. She has severe eczema, and so her skin is often a source of pain and fragility. When looking at the quills, she admires their ability to protect the animal and the porcupine’s ability to grow such a powerful defence out of its skin. While sitting under the pine tree, Mar noticed the close resemblance between the pine’s pointed leaves and the porcupine quills. She started to look at how spines, pine and porcupine became a protection strategy, the survival of the individual and the species. In this performance, Vanessa uses a microscope to get a perspective on, quills, a photo of quillwork, a mitten, and her skin. Mar uses the pine tree leaves to make protection mimicking the porcupine to find the tender part of life.