Part Two of The Elizabeth Taylor Project (2010) video trilogy.
On view March 3, 2013, at MOCA, Los Angeles.
In Giant Cleopatra, Taylor wanders the domestic space, destroying her vanity, clothes and bedding, rejecting love in favor of the pursuit of self-control and autonomy. In the end, the presence of a child questions the viability of making decisions motivated by love in the face of a career. Tones of melodrama, humor, and camp.
Each of the three video vignettes included in the Elizabeth Taylor Project is created by editing scenes and dialogue from two major films starring Elizabeth Taylor; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and BUtterfield 8, Giant and Cleopatra, and, National Velvet and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. By doing so, I have created a new female soliloquy that, interiorized, becomes a dialogue between protagonist and antagonist. This combination of two female stereotypes—the long-suffering wife and the slut—in the original films is derived from conversations that take place with costars. Here, Taylor speaks from a contemporary female’s context, candid about her desires and feelings as opposed to using the veiled language of the films’ original female characters, who allude to rather than directly communicate concerns to husband and lover.
(2008) single channel video, color, stereo, 4:38, edited by Ellina Kevorkian and Matt See