For young people Creative Futures Meet Skye My name's Skye, I'm a multimedia performance and textiles artist. I'm interested in femininity, mysticism and allegorical story telling. My most recent work uses the life cycle of a female Sockeye Salmon to unpick the experience of trespass in masculine spaces and culturally assigned notions of purpose for womxn. Name Skye Age 23 Artform Performance and textiles artist. Why did you apply for creative futures? I saw creative futures as a guiding light within the fog of my messy process, a way to define what I do and have conviction in my creative choices. At CYN art feels democratic and participatory, qualities I aspire to in my own practice. Tell us about the work you are currently making? Recently I’ve found myself adapting natural phenomena and animal life cycles into anthropomorphic, allegorical narratives. I kicked this off with a live streamed performance in which I dress as ‘Lady Sockeye’, a Sockeye Salmon who has since become an absurd alter ego with which I can explore discourse surrounding feminism, mental health and purpose. In general I’ve been building a world in which the abstract narratives I develop can reside, treating the objects I make (tapestries, sculpture and drawings) as if they were excavated artefacts from it. What topics would you like to explore and why? Through my project at creative futures, I hope to better understand the therapeutic potential of theatrical performance and absurdism. With storytelling, costume and objects I want to explore the porous relationships between fantasy and reality, reenactment and living. I’m interested in what our fantasies suggest about our reality, personally and on a mass scale; such as how we identify with our labour, and the feminine. I would also like to investigate historical feminine mysticism and folk art to gain insight in to how violence against women is bred in to society, and womxn’s experiences of ‘trespass’ in masculine spaces. Where do you see yourself at the end of the programme? I don’t envision myself in any definite way, but hope for my performance practice to have grown past the convention of artist and observer, into something participatory and entertaining. Find out more about Creative Futures. How can we help?