Cheryl Pope

B. 1980, US
Up Against, 2010-2014
Performance, Thursday, December 4, 2014

Up Against illustrates an internal psychological struggle through the action of head banging down over 600 transparent balloons hung at head height and half filled with water. Each balloon is challenged by the head of the performer as they violently throw their head repeatedly against each balloon until it breaks.

Since “every action has an equal and opposite reaction,” the visual conversation intensifies as the balloon also begins to perform, violently swinging back and forth crashing into the head of the performer. Carving out a sculptural space over the duration of the performance, depicts the ongoing internal struggle of the self with the self and the self with the other, seeking to open up and clear head space. As the performer searches through the repeated action, there exists the potential to shift, alter, and confront their self and method of responding to these battles.