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Life Studies
texts/readings / solo performance
1997 to present

Word sketches of the human figure. A body of work developed mainly at artists' life study groups between 1997 and 2008, but still continuing sporadically when the desire or opportunity is there to produce more work of this kind. These texts - poetic in the way that they mine language for similes, metaphors and descriptive twists - are texts that respond directly to the figure, using observation precisely in the same way that a visual artist would, to record 'fact' or its appearance.

A collection of these life study writings was developed as a live literature production by Mark C. Hewitt in 2006, directed by Matthew Scott.

Photos © Josh Pulman, 2006

Readings and performances
Life Studies remains a continually evolving collection of texts, selections of which have been presented or performed in various ways at various venues since 1998, including The Royal Oak, Lewes (1998); Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead; Berkshire (as Body Language, 2006); The Atrium, Leeds (2006); Redroaster, Brighton (with Lol Coxhill) and Komedia Studio Bar, Brighton (with Anne Pigalle) as part of Brighton Fringe Festival 2007; Wychwood Festival 2007; Grill Room at the Café Royale, London (2007); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2008) and elsewhere.

"... rude and funny and sexy" - Carole Hayman