"Eve; apple pie; fruits of labour" was created during the MFA program at the University of Waterloo.
In a playful mixing of references "Eve" questions but also pays homage to our expectations of tropes, myth, and representations and their signifiers. In his introduction to "Art in Mind", Ernst van Alphen wrote “as a frame-up, art exposes history […] art has made interventions in thinking, imagining, and representing such key aspects of human existence as individuality, identity, and space. Each of these issues is of major relevance for cultural life” (xvi).1 In reframing, it also has agency and presents new ways of defining our cultural meaning. It is my hope that my video work will continue a dialogue about the representation of the female subject—women who are caught in a sticky web of mythology that defines their every move. My work explores three distinct postmodern conditions: the ‘self’ adrift in a sea of signification; the female ‘self’ feeling detached from reality and situated within a mythologized and scripted narrative; and the postfeminist ‘self’ lost in the screen.
1. van Alphen, Ernst. "Art in Mind: How Contemporary Images Shape Thought". Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2005. Print.