Paige Naylor is a Chicago-based artist and educator working within mediums of sound, performance, video, and writing. She is an MFA candidate in the Sound Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) specializing in voice and electronics. Paige’s work deals with intimacy, playful and interactive environments, facilitations of social and emotional transformation, and ephemerality often in collaboration and participation with/from others. She considers voice as material both physically and conceptually, and incorporates aesthetic responses to death, loss, and grief in order to animate the absent body. These concepts are embodied through sound installation, sonic archival, song, durational and participatory performance, sound meditation workshops, and text and movement scores. Paige has exhibited work and performed at Chicago Cultural Center, Terrain Biennial 2021, Experimental Sound Studio, Elastic Arts, Hyde Park Art Center, Mana Contemporary, ADDS Donna, SAIC, Zhou B Art Center, Links Hall, the Empty Bottle, and Vox Populi (to name a few).
Ghost reading, Turntable, voice, electronics and handwritten letters, Performance at Chicago Cultural Center, Photo by Ricardo E Adame
Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea, Voice and electronics, Performance at the Empty Bottle for Olivia Block's release album "Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea," Photo by Ricardo E Adame
The Near Misses, Experimental pop opera, Performance at Live Arts (Charlottesville, VA), Photo by Billy Hunt
Ghostmail, Public sound installation, Terrain Biennial 2021, More info: https://terrainexhibitions.org/chicago-il-21
Vox Effusis vol. 4, 2021, The Quarantine Concerts live twitch stream, 30:00 mins.
Sonant Arboretum, 2021, 16-channel sound installation at Elastic Arts, 3:54 mins.
Sonant Arboretum is a forest of voices, of memories and alternate dimensions. It is a portrait of loss, of absence revealing an excess of discovery and rebirth. But to sing with the chorus of the trees is to become intangible for just a moment.
“I tried to blow the wind through the leaves of your tree today with my breath. Like we could connect through wind, through pressure. Like I could animate your spirit through the tree and we could speak again through a dance and a whisper.”
shhh, 2021, prepared turntable & voice, 6:34 mins.
Performed at Zhou B Art Center as part of Waveforms: a semi-annual sound and multimedia festival curated by and featuring works of Fall 2021 MFA Sound graduate students at SAIC.