Sealed in a nightclub toilet, behind a door made of hemlock and glass, a diamond tipped cutter is used to etch love poetry.
Shown in the toilets of Crash – a busy nightclub in Vauxhall, South London – Songbird was an attempt to perform something small yet meaningful amidst the full on hedonism of the gay dance scene.
Replacing a toilet cubicle door with a wall of glass Robert Pacitti sealed himself inside a stall and spent eight hours etching William Blake love poetry into the glass door with the tip of a diamond.
O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
Undertaken as part of a Live Art Development Agency One to One Bursary. Commissioned by Duckie as part of the Nightbird season.