“I’d like to apologise in advance,
if when I open my mouth to speak
the words fall out in all the wrong places
and splinter on the ground into a tiny million sounds
which don’t make any sense and
all that I would ask is that you would be
Jess Heritage is a CSM Fine Art 4D student currently studying her 1 year Diploma in Professional Studies. Her work exists somewhere between spoken word poetry, performance art and that of an orator as she recounts lost memories, fleeting thoughts and those questions that niggle at the back of one’s mind. Heritage has recently performed during Ai Weiwei’s current Royal Academy exhibition as one of the many “performance acts” being staged throughout the season. She is one of six “London based students and graduates who have created responses to a selection of Ai Weiwei’s blog posts and other key texts concerning Human Rights.” We catch up with her after her most recent performance to discuss how she generates her artwork.
1G: Can you tell us about how you conceive your performances?
Jess: My performances rely quite heavily on the performance that came before. I don’t want to perform the same piece twice and prefer them to evolve. There were parts of the Royal Academy performance that were direct references to my most recent performance and some passages of that performance reference the previous performance. The work is all linked like that.
It’s almost like delivering messages too. When performing, there are moments where I feel like I’m delivering messages to specific people in the space. It doesn’t matter if no one else hears or notices, but in those moments it’s as if I’m telling that specific person something I couldn’t say any other way.