Series of Photos and Videos
Appliances, Cleaning, Motherhood, Suburbia
Transfromations, 9:19 min
Transformations takes a look at female alteration; a challenging juggle between the comfort of domesticity and the sexual platform. Music from “Debbie does Dallas”, 1978. Some of the setting reminiscent of Martha Rosler’s ‘Semiotics of the kitchen’. This video explores role playing and how an average working female, without domestic help, raising children etc. is also expected to be beautiful and a fully sexual being. It explores the juggle between the romantic and the not romantic, between the sexual and a-sexual, between the glamorous and the not glamorous. As in most my latest videos I use a comical approach. It plays out in three chapters, three domestic scenes that suddenly change as another (male) presence is perceived. Boobs grow bigger, tummy pulled in, red lips on, scent changing from chopped onions to roses….
In order to get my cleaning done, I often put on DVD’s for my daughters to watch. It keeps them busy and makes the process of domestics in the home much easier. ‘Domestic Goddess: The Throne, 3:40 min, is a play on the Disney movies they watch, using props like crowns and magic wands my daughters play with. I also use a dress I made out of black rubbish bags. It’s also a play on ‘the throne’ which is often used as reference to a latrine.
In ‘Cleaning up’, 2:11 min, I explore keeping ‘beautiful’ in conjunction with dishes. It focuses on the female having to shave and ‘clean up nicely’ in order to be perceived as ‘nice’ through the eyes of patriarchal ideals.
It also plays with the idea of being consumed, or being associated with being delicious, then dirty. Once again I place the performances opposite to fairy tales, watched daily by my daughters.