Deform (2015) 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 expressive by movement. 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 viewer experiences the spectacle on the outside as something more surreal.

The work is a playful invitation for the public to associate without boundaries. Woutera made this work based on the inner need to distort structures that restrict. The work is an homage to expressive freedom.  

The music is composed live by Joris Cohen (hang drum) and Moniek de Leeuw (violin).
Material: textile and recycled PVC. The work originated in 2015 and is further developed between 2019-2021. 

It is a performance work and also exists as video work, photo work, and drawings.
Solo performance ‘Deform’ Palais de Tokyo 2019 Paris. Selection of group exhibitions:  "Neuhaus" The new Institute 2019 Rotterdam, "To Heal" Frascati 2019 Amsterdam, "The Garden Project" Art Rotterdam 2019, "CBKamer" CBK Amsterdam 2019. And is published in the "De Grote Kunstkalender" Trichis 2019 Rotterdam.



Video work (teaser), title Deform, year 2015, material textile, pvc, duration 10 minutes, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, videographer Veerle Boekenstijn, music Joris Cohen, Moniek de Leeuw, 

performers Kelly Vincent, Flora Nacer, Olga van Dijk.

Iris Woutera - Deform

Exhibition at the Citroën Garage, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, title Deform, year 2015, material textile, pvc, 

artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Omri Bigetz.

Schermafbeelding 2015-05-14 om 17.14.31

Screenshot, rehearsal documentation, title Deform, year 2015, material textile, pvcartist Iris Woutera, performer Flora Nacer, during Live Works by Pien Vrijhof, location Gerrit Rietveld Academie.



Title Deform, year 2019, material textile, pvc, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Leonor von Salisch, performer Imola Nagy, Flora Nacer.

Iris Woutera - Deform

Title Deform, year 2019, material textile, pvc, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Leonor von Salisch, performers Flora Nacer, Imola Nagy.

Performance at Palais de Tokyo, title Deform, year 2019, material textile, pvc, duration 60 minutes

artist Iris Woutera, performers Imola Nagy, Flora Nacer, Lena Glucksman Nilsson, music Joris Cohen, Moniek de Leeuw.



titel Deform installation, year 2020, material textile, pvc, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Alina Fejzo, location het HEM