Sculpture supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate - Shortlisted 2014
By looking at her work to date, Serena could be described as a maker, performance artist and a sculptor as her work transcends many artforms. She herself makes everything in her work from giant latex puppets to brick’s made from people’s dust (Laid to Rest 2011). The process, she says, is an integral part of her practice, often playing with materials that test the limits of her own physicality. Her recent work at the Camden Arts Centre (2013) titled ‘Aping The Beast’ involved the construction of a 4 metre tall monster puppet which was then brought to life in a series of performances that she quotes, ‘expressed the ideas of spirit, soul and superstition.’
Audiences are often encouraged to participate at some point in the process of the work creating collective experiences that often focus on the forgotten and overlooked. In The Work as Movement Archive (Bristol 2012) Serena formed the WAMA dance troupe who conducted an improvised section of the piece based on their own working movement linked to Barton Hill’s rich industrial heritage. In fact dance is often a central part of many of her performances with inspiration for the choreography, as seen in WAMA, coming from everyday movement which is taken out of context and turned on its head.