SYD MCMANUS


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    Images by Yael Ezerzer

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What does it mean to be boundless? To shed my skin to be in a constant state of flow. But even my skin absorbs and sponges. There are no borders, we are all transboundary waters. When I realize I am not bound to the borders of my skin I seep into others. Our rhythms at times hold space, our rhythms at times rush like rapids. We move together, listening to how we collide. 


This tattoo project is based on the movements of the St. Lawrence River, a body of water I have had the privilege of getting to know over the past few years living on the land it wraps itself around. The practice of tattooing water patterns onto the human body is a reminder of our porous selves. The waters within and around us are always influx, forever adapting, forever transforming. 


I would like to thank Kaïa Etezadi for trusting me with her skin and our endless conversation about water, and Yael Ezerzer for capturing the work in such an honest way.

Artist Bio



Artist Bio





Artist Bio

NAME: Syd McManus
PREFERRED PRONOUNS: she/them

HANDLE : @syd_sydd_syddd movement: @sydneyymcmanuss

Syd is a queer multidisciplinary artist living in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Their practice moves from performance, to material, to skin, in no particular order. Working in flux and alongside one another, each practice moves in a spirit of playful fluidity. Syd experiences the body as a container of memories and patterns, fascinated to discover how it can inform and communicated rhythms in the everyday.

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