Florence Peake’s Satin Boots, Fiery Horses takes the modern day urban phenomenon of the high street Nail Bar as a way of translating the characters of George Elliot's realist rural classic Adam Bede, a story of seduction issuing in 'the inward suffering which is the worst form of Nemesis’ and a pioneering record of a rural world that we have lost. Set in a darkened room, a small table and an angle poise lamp are the set for a live table-top performance. A block of clay is moulded into folk art characters roughly created by means of an acrylic set of nails - Peake’s performance attempts to connect eighteenth century crafts and social realities with those of today. 

Commissioned by Rose Lejeune for Wirksworth Festival 2014

Camera: Rebecca Birch