Swimming

in Air

while

rooted in Water

Swimming in Air While Rooted in Water is a physical collage series which utilizes elements of choreographed movement, large body-sculpture imagery, film, photography, and installation in a durational capacity. It weaves together the expressions of both our conscious and subconscious experiences within the feminine journey and the raw, intrinsic, and ingrained forms that circulate and penetrate our collective initiation into and throughout womanhood. Exploiting personal narratives, gathered stories, and subverted images, Swimming in Air While Rooted in Water exposes the vulnerability and power of exploring and owning our multi-dimensional female psyche.

Through a series of vignettes presented over the course of a year Babette DeLafayette cultivates a personal practice of sustainability, duration, and exploitation.

           #swimminginairwhilerootedinwater

2017 - 2018

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for Mothers who taught me this feeling and Women who know this to be true 

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will we burn down here like we do in heaven

[how we choose to carry one another matters]

III

it might be I always give out

 

IV

30 More Needed / hinting at absence  

2019 

V

When I grab your neck I touch your soul / Dissolve

[a liquid substance can be anything]

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Project Collaborators 

PERFORMERS 

Emma Lawes 

Marlys Yvonne

Sierra Hendrix 

Fenja Abrams 

Monica Kerr 

Sean Rosado 

Alissa Pegram 

Maeve Haselton

Margaret Johnson 

Kate O'Day 

FILM, EDITING, SOUND, PHOTO

Rosemary Young 

Jessa Carter 

Rodrigo Valenzuela

William Hayes 

Christopher Walsch 

Robert Campbell 

Special Thanks to Swersky/Swartzman Family, Steven McGeady, Tim Summers, KT Niehoff, GlassBox, LoveCityLove, Base : Experimental Art Space