Featured Long Durational Work
Avid Metamorphosis I (1994), Rona Lee
Duration: Up to eight hours
Cover photograph by Gareth James
"Avid Metamorphosis I" was a durational piece performed by artist Rona Lee in which a man’s suit was unpicked using a rip-unpick and pair of small scissors shaped like a bird’s head. The length of the work varied between five and eight hours depending on the construction of the suit. The suit was unpicked and the pieces were progressively laid out in the space in which the action was performed. A video close-up of the artist's hands at work was simultaneously relayed to a monitor installed into a hole cut out of a shirt hanging from the ceiling. This made it necessary for the artist to keep her movement restricted in order to keep within the camera’s field of vision. For the duration of the performance, the artist wore a beak/gag made of papier mâché.