Gender as a performative act.
The body comes to bear cultural meaning through historically contingent repeated performances that bear similarities to theatrical performances. In this piece I was interested in exploring performance and self-portraiture using video. In particular I was interested in playing with female identity as a social construction.
How does the act of putting on different colored wigs shift spectator perceptions of identity, sexuality, status and class? In a series of video performances I ate fruit and vegetables whose colors more or less corresponded to the color of the wig.
I want to disrupt the chain of signification with an absurd and arbitrary correspondence. As Simone de Beauvoir claimed, “one is not born, but rather, becomes a woman.”