Based on the The dying words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. "Open the second shutter, so that more light can come in." Which I see as a plea for increased enlightenment before dying.
Making Art, for me, requires a special state of state of awareness to open up vistas of beauty.... to live in a reality which is new and special.
To make this awareness happen I devise body performance pieces like suspending-up-side-down within natural environments. This has become a most pleasurable experience for me and a reliable source to an alternative world of Art making.
By suspending the body up-side-down, the brain fills with blood.... awareness becomes intense, the mind becomes disoriented attempting to focus on one point. After a while a tranquility becomes dominate and perception more relaxed. This is a new state of awareness which is very limited by time, the head full of blood, begs to be returned to normal. 
The arms pull at the ropes to lift the body upright - to reverse the (unnatural) flow of blood, to revisit the (normal) world.

"Open the 2nd Shutter" Site-specific performance art by Peter Toy - 1999. (Photo - Maureen Toy - 1999)

"Open the 2nd Shutter" Site-specific performance art by Peter Toy - 1999. (Photo - Maureen Toy - 1999)

"Open the 2nd Shutter" Site-specific performance art by Peter Toy - 1999. (Photo - Maureen Toy - 1999)

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