I think of the body as the agent, measure, and sum of physical and cultural substance. I think this because my own body acts and is acted upon. It senses, remembers, and recounts. In these works my body explores identity as a varied and hybrid representation that fashions reports on lived experiences, both real and imagined. The portfolio Two Faces of Eve contrastsÂ the many graces of being a woman withÂ the plight of being incarnate as a female. Like a split personality, one aspect rejoices in gender specific expression while the other cultivatesÂ resentment against the structures of hate the denigrate the feminine.
Celebratory images are conceived as feminine archetypes, like ancient Greek charites, that exemplify tropes of beauty, nurturing, creativity, wisdom, etc. I create the costume and model the gestures that project each persona. The darker phase turns inward,Â appropriating the devotional language of illuminated manuscripts for a secular critique of violence against women. Â At the core of this series is the ritualized act of counting. Counting not prayer beads in a rosary, but female victims in specific townships during set time periods.Â Each of theseÂ depicts a female dancer whose body wrestles with cultural values prescribed to the genders as it is cut from a Christ or martyred saint. The afflicted female body is also directly referenced by the act of counting, each dot declaring that every woman matters.