An experiment in presence and connection, Conversation Portraits: For the One Who… is a relational performance piece in which I interview participants and write impromptu text poems about their lives using a 1960s Royal manual typewriter. During each event, I invite people to sit and talk with me one at a time, guided by a series of personal questions. Afterward I turn in my seat and write a biographical text poem for my guest. The original is given to the participant as a gift; a carbon copy is made as a secondary document and displayed in the gallery.
Originally performed for one night at the Weisman Art Museum in 2012, there were seven events scheduled during The Soap Factory's 2014 season along with a gallery exhibition of the text-poems. Artist and writer Regan Golden-McNerney describes the experience of sitting for a portrait here.