Performance art by Bonnie Bakeneko.
Dealing with themes of body horror, gender and trauma processing through ritualistic performances.
Your body is not a temple
'Your body is not a temple' is an act of body autonomy through self canibilisation by consuming my severed nipples, followed by stapling different flowers to my body. This was all captured by photographer Bonnie Baker and has been turned into an art photo book, prints and short video documentary. This can be found for sale on this site in the drop down menu.
Listen to me, your body is not a temple.
Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood.
You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.
I scream for no one//I scream for satan
I SCREAM FOR SATAN // I SCREAM FOR NO ONE is a collective of minds bringing their essence into the format of 360 Videography. Each individual involved is making their mark on the medium to form a striking piece of abstract footage that features a specially written sound score by Robin Fencott (Metalogue).
The 360 videography serves to teleport into glimpses of our psyche, our emotions, our representations of ourselves, transcending the viewer into an immersive world of our design.
Videographer/director/editor: Bonnie Baker
Starring: Bonnie Baker ~insta @bonniemakespictures Bonnie Bakeneko ~insta @bakeneko_designs Belle Atrix ~insta @blood_spirit Drew Beckett ~insta @drewjbeckett Metaraph ~insta @metaraph_ Myriam Sarro Wolfe Chainz ~insta @wolfechainz
Soundtrack by Metalogue ~insta @metalogue www.metalogue.bandcamp.com
Still artworks: Belle Atrix Animations: Bonnie Baker
Fire walk with me
From since I can remember I have had problems with my mental health. As a child I regularly saw apparitions and visions and believed I was haunted when I was coming of age. All my childhood demons took flight from my vision to nestle into my head and became an ‘illness’. This illness crippled me for the longest time.
A miraculous thing started happening when I began to channel this force into art. Through mental alchemy i was able to turn these negatives into a weapon that i could wield for me instead of against me. This performance tells that journey.
Performed for Psychoward at Resistance art gallery
When I was a child I remember watching a video of a person giving birth for the first time and was horrified. When I asked my mother if it hurt she paused for a moment then said ‘no’.
Pregnancy has always been huge body horror for me. The idea of life growing inside you seems nauseatingly parasitic, then the idea that you have to push this thing out of your body into the world terrifies me. Equally terrifying is the notion that it is a ‘womans’ vocation in life to do this. The whole arbitrary set of roles for AFAB people hung around my neck like a noose.
I had my own volatile relationship with my mother and didn’t want to ever have a relationship like that again. Another thing that grieved me was the idea of passing on the mental illness I had suffered into this cruel and dying world. I do not like people. people scare me. I do not want to make more of them.
I am not a ‘mother’ to human children of my own but regardless I am a mother to creatures of the earth, just as I am a child of her myself.
Performed at PervArts exhibition at the old biscuit factory in front of ‘blood skirt’ by Amy Kingsmill.
Bakeneko Designs for Torture Garden
Bakeneko Designs performance/show at Torture Gardens 2018 March Ball at Electorwerkz.
My first time ever performing on stage
I come on stage leading Mike by a ribbon wrapped around two embellished cheeks spears. I throw him onto the stage, kick his legs out from under him them aggressively pull out the spears. He then drops to the stage as if dead. For the finale I have 'blood' pumped through tubes in my outfit causing it to 'bleed'. the show ends with me in a crucifixion pose before the music ends, lights drop and everyone exits the stage.