A dissident subject
Full of breath
trying to make it whole
give me purpose give me peace
breaks apart intimate fragments.
Painted legs form on wooden canvas’ and sculptural body parts extend into space. The works are weighted through their conception; spoken with ambivalence the assemblages create space for cracks in-between. A voice extends itself (echoed symbols and morphing lineages) disrupting the subject and object binary. The word ‘dissidence’ derives from the Latin dis—'apart’ + sedere ‘to sit.’ The dissident is the one who sits apart. Or the dissident is the one would be unseated by taking up a place at the table: your seat is the site of disagreement. And yet here we are. Taking space, wilfully, this screaming whisper ‘exude(s) from all our mouths’. Through Vaagt’s posed forms and abstruse words we meet a pull of uncomfortable truths. Our own gaze starts back at us. Abstraction to form and back again. She revels in this ambiguity: exercising negation to meet a means and an ends.
Text by Colette Patterson
exhibited Jan-Feb.22 at SLUGG, Leipzig