For the performance of the Drawing Room (spring 2017) Samantha Thole took her audience into an intimate black light district.
With her body gesso-ed completely white, the artist vested and divested herself using a brush and black acrylic paint.
the Drawing Room was a unique moment of artistic voyeurism where Thole created a reversed striptease with the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” (the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky) as the repetitive soundtrack.

With this performance the construction of sensuality is presented as a craft.
And the ones skilled in weaving their webs of desirability are portrayed as artisans.




the Drawing Room
, 2017
performance, 15 minutes
gesso, acrylic paint, brushes, white shoes, a wig and the artists body

credits: photo 1 & 2, Lara Stolwerk
photo 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8, Yelena Myshko
photo 4, Aldo Hoeben

16.gSKETCHES the Drawing Room, 2017