mantrap

Performative Installation, 2014
Exhibited at The Glad in Glasgow, Scotland. Created in collaboration with performance artist Rose Ruane over the course of a three-week residency at Team Effort!

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A collaged soundtrack of snippets from beauty tutorials, public information films and scraps of music by Dolly Parton, Joy Division and Cyndi Lauper provides the backdrop to a performance which examines the boundary between female self-improvement and self-punishment and interrogates the role of the female as hysteric, sex object and article of ridicule. Hygiene products and home improvement materials are subsumed into a lexicon of movements taken from music videos, bodybuilding competitions and contemporary dance which describe female relationships as they pass between states of competitiveness and kindness.