Dinaïg Stall A Taste for Clay

Date(s): May 30 to Jun 20 2023

Residency

A Taste for Clay

Dinaïg Stall, A Taste For Clay, 2022

Conducted as part of a doctoral research-creation on the specific potential of puppetry to elaborate representations from a queer feminist perspective, A Taste for Clay is an installation project punctuated by performances, which interrogates notions of impermanence and erosion – of materials, bodies, relationships and individual and collective memory. Loosely based on Emma Donoghue’s short story, What Remains, and the lives and work of sculptors Florence Wyle and Frances Loring, this work is dedicated to exploring the singular presence-absence of the puppet and its queer feminist resonances with the social and memorial spectralization, between occultation and persistence, of those who disturb heteronormative temporal conceptions and reproductive expectations. The artist Dinaïg Stall works with raw clay and plaster, materials chosen for their transformative potential and their fundamental place in traditional sculptural processes. Stall seeks to experiment with the long time frame of the installation and to create a hybrid form, at the crossroads between visual arts and theater, which escapes a univocal reading as an art object or as a performance, because it is both at the same time. Constantly between life and death, object and character, sculpture and puppet, figuration and evocation, the different flickering and fleeting incarnations that populate A Taste for Clay bring us back to the space of the studio, to the creative process and the uncertainty of making, much more than to the authoritative grandeur of official monuments; to what lives in the interstice of the stone, in the time of erosion.

A Taste for Clay

Dinaïg Stall, A Taste For Clay, 2022

Dinaïg Stall is a director and puppeteer and teaches puppetry at the École supérieure de théâtre (UQAM) where she directs the DESS in contemporary puppetry. Following her studies at the National Superior School of Puppetry Arts, she founded the company Le bruit du frigo (France), of which she was artistic director for 11 years, while continuing to work with other artists. Since arriving in Quebec in 2014, she has collaborated with several creators and conducted creative research projects with musicologist Catrina Flint (College Vanier) and professor Mark Sussman (Concordia University). She is a member of the research group PRintInterartistic Practices and Contemporary Scenes, and of various feminist groups and institutions. Her research-creation aims to explore the aesthetic and dramaturgical specificities of contemporary puppetry as a singular language, while working towards its encounter with other art forms.