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GROW SOFTER// KEEP CLOSE was performed on 15th March 2020, on the brink of the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. On a Thames beach, I lay in the yoga pose Matsyasana (the fish pose) with a piece of large piece of chalk from the beach in my mouth. As people descended onto the beach I chanted 'The Cracks Are Clogging // My Throat Is Rotting' . I then carved GROW SOFTER and KEEP CLOSE into the walls with stones found on the beach. From within my vaginal canal I withdrew a condom filled my previous month's menstruation and coated my legs with it. 

This work was part of the event Come Hell Or High Water, activated by Sarah Andrew, Anne Bean, Hayley Newman, George Pringle, joined by Phoebe Patey-Ferguson.

Images by Dominic Johnson and Adam Wadey.

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