Unmaking and Making Self-portrait
homemade clay, water and acrylic, oil and il paint, painted tarp, dolley, cups, rope, carts
This piece expresses a female experience that is monstrous and powerless, too much and too little. While inside a box and underneath a painted tarp, I perform. My legs are strapped inside the box and a cartoon image of legs is depicted in the top surface of the box. I manipulate this image of legs with cups of paint and clay. I first create the black lines out of clay and then pour cups of paint into the indentations. Clay dams separate the oil and acrylic paint. Because I’m strapped inside the box, I cannot move freely. I pull cords attached to shelving units towards me in order to complete my task. Precairously full cups of liquid paint rest upon the shottily built shelving units. I struggle from inside the box to wrestle the shelving units up a too steep ramp. Accidents threaten to happen at every turn. Absurdity, hilarity, and anxiety compel the viewer towards a vulnerable character in an impossible situation.