With text, image, and sound, my work investigates fantasy, projection, absence, and materiality in the context of gendered power dynamics.
The work formally explores performativity with baroque and camp aesthetics; melodramatic tonality enacts affective tension between sincerity and artifice. Script is documentation of an installation with sculptural objects, immersive audio, and live performance. The scene: small round wooden table, empty crystal cake platter, lace cloud. A melodramatically-inflected audio collage, excerpting text from Jane Rule’s “Desert of the Heart” (1964), permeates the space.
Appropriating and juxtaposing queer feminist texts that allude to historical arcs from second-wave feminism to post-feminism and from pre-Stonewall to legalized gay marriage, Script evokes competing alliances, performing a tension between rejection and assimilation, between disruption and repetition of conventional (particularly gendered and heteronormative) scripts.