In the Hollow of Your Hand

Sally J Morgan (NZ)
Massey University, Wellington

The artist works towards producing a video work that examines her terror of falling backward into water that stems from an experience of nearly drowning at the age of three. Conceived as a video/live broadcast, the work will involve the artist being submerged, at the hands of another woman, backward, into water.


Sally J Morgan is an internationally exhibited artist based in New Zealand. Her artwork has been exhibited in France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Japan, the UK, USA, and New Zealand. She has had artworks selected for international festivals at London’s ICA; Belluard/Bollwerk Fribourg, Switzerland; The Performance Arcade, New Zealand; and DRINT, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her work is held in a number of collections and she has upcoming performances at Te Tuhi in Auckland, Syracuse University, New York, and the IN>Time Performance Festival, Chicago.

A part of the programme for Deep Anatomy – a regional cluster for Performance Studies International #21 globally dispersed conference on Long Island, The Bahamas, April 26-May10, 2015.

4/5/2015: Immersion #1 – at the Greenwich Lodge swimming pool.

We each face fear of some kind in the water, and deal with it in our own ways – whether it is at the bottom of a 120m dive, or in just 12cm. The most powerful effect of free-diving is this – it teaches us to know fear, and teaches us to turn it into something else…


6/5/2015: Immersion #2 – at the Greenwich Lodge swimming pool.



7/5/2015: In the Hollow of Your Hand (excerpt) – view the video HERE

9/5/2015: In the Hollow of Your Hand, performance at Lover’s Beach.

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14/6/2015: Undrowned, a text by Jess Richards in response to In the Hollow of Your HandPublished in the Sunday Times (UK) and by the Scottish Book Trust, here:


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  1. UNDROWNED | says:

    […] A year on from writing LIFE SIZE at the Ardtornish Retreat, I have written UNDROWNED, which is a creative response to performing in Sally J Morgan’s ambitious and brave project IN THE HOLLOW OF YOUR HAND. […]

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