Social cohesion, togetherness, individuality and trying to make work together without falling-out is the three sister collaboration Ortonandon. With the figure as a central motif, the sisters consider body-form in relation to social politics and how identity can be represented through actions and props. They play with popular archetypes and social norms until these are abstracted into rhythms that are then danced, drawn, re-enacted, performed, directed, sculpted and expressed together.
Ortonandon often invite others to become part of their collaboration through anonymous call-outs, by hiring actors, utilising family and pinning-down peers. Ortonandon not only use others to populate their art but also as a resource. They observe unknown lives, personalities and groups of people. These dynamics inform their work. This pseudo scientific social research is a microcosm for observations of a society at large.
All three sisters invest elements of their individual art practices in Ortonandon. They come together with too many ideas and cut-away at them to find one-liners or the essence of their combined thoughts. They are protective of the intuitive dynamic of being sisters. Trusting intuition and channeling the rivalry that is synonymous with sisterhood, adds a serious counterbalance to what the Ortons do.