My practice is predominantly performance based, using video, photography, social media, text and the spoken word as methods of understanding, and recording live performance. My body of work over the past decade has focused on endurance performance within installations, often including one-to-one interactions with audience members. This has developed into increasingly shorter, spoken word pieces, which use characters, costumes and altered vocals.
In 2014 I founded a collective performance art group called The Perverts. Our ethos is to use and pervert appropriated sound and language to create soundscapes, songs and word pieces, which express political and social concerns. The fabric of the source material is found in mainstream media, political figureheads, religious rhetoric and a wide range of cultural influences that include pop songs, poets and preachers. Each member of the group dresses as an animal and develops a character and personal history for their alter ego. My character is a rabbit called Eric Self, who is front man and lyricist. I am currently on the practice led PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL using the character Eric Self as a means of research.
After a BA in Fine Art at Kingston University, London, I graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2006 with an MFA in Fine Art Media. Selected exhibitions include Their Wonderlands, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham; On and On, La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Natural Wonders: New Art from London, Babakov Art Projects, Moscow; Fashion in Film Festival, Tate Modern, London; Carrion, Haunch of Venison, Berlin; and Eternal Sea, Eternal Sky at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, supported by Art Production Fund. Fornieles was selected for the Artsadmin Bursary award 2013.