Deform is a performance in which a flexible cocoon envelops the human body. The combination of hard (plastic) and stretching (textile) provides a movable space, in which remarkable forms can be created. 

A performer plays with the material which in turn reacts to his / her movement. The organic flow refers to forms in nature, such as plants, fishes or a gently swaying sea anemone.  

With Deform the body can freely experiment on every sensory impulse. The person inside the cocoon is anonymous, but with very expressive movements. It is about the resourcefulness of the body and the discovery of new movement patterns. 
The boundary between human, object and nature seems to blur. For the performers, the sculpture feels soft and familiar on the inside. The public experiences the spectacle on the outside as somewhat surreal. 

The work is a playful invitation for the public to associate without boundaries. Iris made this work based on the inner need to distort structures that restrict our thinking, emotion or movement. The work is an homage to expressive freedom.  
  

The music is composed live by Joris Cohen (hang drum) and Moniek de Leeuw (violin). 

Recycled material has been used for the sculpture.

Selection of exhibition locations: 

 'Neuhaus' Het Nieuwe Instituut 2019, 'To Heal' Frascati 2019, 'Solo performance' Palais de Tokyo 2019, The Garden Project' Art Rotterdam, 'CBKamer' CBK Amsterdam 2019'De Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender' by Trichis 2019. 

It is a performance work and also exists as an autonomous video work, as a photo work and in drawings.

The teaser of video work, title Deform, year 2015, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, videographer Kyveproductions, music Joris Cohen, Moniek de Leeuw, performers Kelly Vincent, Flora Nacer, Olga van Dijk.

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Screenshot of a video work, titel Deform, year 2015, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, videographer Kyveproductions, performers Kelly Vincent, Flora Nacer, Olga van Dijk.

Screenshot rehearsal, title Deform, year 2015, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, performer Flora Nacer.

Exhibition at 'The Fashion Show' Gerrit Rietveld Academie, title Deform, year 2015, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Omri Bigetz.

Title Deform, year 2019, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Leonor Salsich, performer Flora Nacer.

Title Deform year 2019, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Leonor Salsich, performers Flora Nacer, Imola Nagy.

Title Deform year 2019, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Leonor Salsich, performers Flora Nacer, Imola Nagy.

Performance at Palais de Tokyo, title Deform, year 2019, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, performer Imola Nagy, Flora Nacer, Lena Glucksman Nilsson, music Joris Cohen, Moniek de Leeuw.

© iris woutera de jong

Credits: Graphic design by Jasper Branse, text by Yvette Benningshof / Claartje Chajes

Met dank aan alle mensen die zich hebben ingezet voor de projecten!