Lisa Birke

(This video is a selection of edited clips from a longer 11 minute video sequence.)

The semblance of scripted normalcy is strictly upheld by the mythologized female—the provider of a proper cup of tea. However, slow motion capture of a typically Canadian tea service reveals what lurks behind the surface of polite servitude.
I am interested in what happens when some of the traits that sit on the ‘masculine’ dualistic divide are allowed to slip into actions still understood as ‘feminine’. Inevitably the result is humorous. However, at the same time, it also strikes at the heart of a deep sadness—that a strong woman is something crazed, someone to be ridiculed, or termed psychologically disturbed. A strong woman is rarely admired the way that a man—the hero—would be in completing the same action.
The work takes a big risk in its confronting the trite and the obvious head on. In an ambitious attempt to uncover a hint of the profound within the stereotype, the profound is inescapably peppered with the absurd. In this vicious cycle, it is the peppery morose ridiculousness that cuts unnervingly close to revealing a deep and sad understanding of the human—and especially the female—condition.

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