BREAK OFF, 2016. Sequential performance stills.

Break Off is a performative work that explores the concepts of attachment and memory.

The yellow fabric entangling the performer's body alludes to obstacles and past hindrances that the artist is trying to break away from. The silent, ritualistic action of pulling, de-tangling, taking off the headdress - the past, and putting on the coat - the future, communicates struggle, change and hope. The work questions whether it is necessary to completely sever the links to negative past experiences in order to make space for forward movement and change.

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Tatjana Este is a participant artist in the City of Melbourne's Creative Spaces program - River Studios