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.  
  

Deform is a sculpture performance, and also exists as video, photo work and in drawings.

The sound is composed live by Joris Cohen (hang drum) and Moniek de Leeuw (violin). Recycled material has been used for the sculptures.

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. 

 

Video work (teaser), title Deform, year 2015, material textile, pvc, duration 10 minutes, 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, material textile, pvc, duration 10 minutes, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, videographer Kyveproductions, performers Kelly Vincent, Flora Nacer,

Olga van Dijk.

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.

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

artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Omri Bigetz.

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

Title Deform, year 2019, material textile, pvc, artist Iris Woutera de Jong, photographer Leonor von Salisch.

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.