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Writing the Missing
The adDress
Lisette Auton
2 July 2022
Writing the Missing: The adDress is a durational performance by Lisette Auton. It explores beauty and power within the disabled body; the artist’s missing years following illness; and acknowledges the wonder and necessity of interdependence.
Part of an ongoing body of work, it asks questions of ourselves and the world around us.
Auton’s work focuses on identity, curiosity, play, kindness and access. Disabled, neurodivergent and northern, she works as an artist, writer and creative practitioner. Her work is rooted in the Social Model of Disability. The model holds that disabled and neurodivergent bodies are wonderful as they are and it is the world around them that needs to change.
Part of We Are Invisible We Are Visible (WAIWAV), presented by MIMA, DASH and funded by the Ampersand Foundation. WAIWAV marks the 102nd anniversary of the first International Dada Fair in Berlin. On 2 July 2022 31 d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists simultaneously stage Dada inspired interventions in 30 museums and galleries across the UK.

Welcome
Thank you so much for spending your precious time with me today. If you need anything, please just ask.
My sister Madi and MIMA staff will do all they can to make you feel welcome.
Make a star. Discover your missing. Rest a while with me. You are so welcome.
Very best wishes,
Lisette

The artist
Lisette Auton’s work focuses on identity, curiosity, play, kindness and access. Disabled,
neurodivergent and northern, she works as an artist, writer and creative practitioner
who works alone and with others. Her work is rooted in the Social Model of Disability.

Credits:
Artist & Director: Lisette Auton
Photographer: Kev Howard
Dress Consultant & Maker: Lucy Hewes
Dress Design & Maker, Access Support, Performer: Madeleine Gray
Graphic Design: Joanna Deans
Organisations: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, DASH

You will find Lisette’s award-winning work in galleries, online, in theatres and bookshops,
laundrettes and railway station waiting rooms. A long-term collaborator with MIMA, Lisette has supported a variety of people focussed workshops, programmes and exhibitions.

The work
Writing the Missing: The adDress is a durational performance. Often durational pieces involve pushing ourselves to the limit but this piece is about finding and honouring our limits. and about rest.
It explores beauty and power within the disabled body and Auton’s missing years following illness. Through this work Auton affirms the strength of her relationship with her sister, Madi, and the pure wonder and necessity of interdependence. Beginning in 2017, Writing the Missing is an ongoing work that spans research, filmmaking, writing, call to action, activism and protest. It is always kind, curious and asks questions of ourselves and the world around us.

The happening
You are welcome. Very welcome. You are welcome to watch, close-up or from afar. You are welcome to ask my sister Madi and MIMA staff for any assistance you may need.
Please come forward and sit with me while I write you a star from my handmade Books
of Missings. If I’m asleep, rest too. Take a star. Pause awhile. You are given permission to rest. Tell me your missings so that I can catalogue them. Record them in a star.

The installation
All the materials used are recycled, reclaimed, repurposed or ethically sourced. Calico is the fabric often used in dressmaking to make the toile that is the sample pattern and design for the finished piece. It is never the beautiful thing. It becomes a scrap. As a disabled person I have often felt like a scrap, especially during the political rhetoric of the last few years. Here, calico is reclaimed as the final piece, the beautiful object, transformed into a vision of rest and power.

Call to Action
Today I have offered you a star. Would you write your missings too? Would you gift them, hide them, keep them, love them, set them free?
Learn how to make them by visiting my website: http://www.lisetteauton.co.uk/writingthe-missing. Tell us about it using #WAIWAV #WTMAddress