ON THE FACE OF IT (PART TWO)
Perhaps a comment on the multiplicity of self, an exploration into the confusion of being a/this woman, the affects of the media, or just a far too public attempt to work out who she is.
In On The Face Of It Joanne attempts to deal with the public and private self by collecting written records of her character, including reports, references and assessments. Using decoupage, homemade costumes, and role-play to confront and comprehend these resolute yet contradictory character statements.
Through the reenactment of these written records of herself (determined by Joanne’s societal surroundings) she hopes to embody-comprehend-shed-banish-control-reject-confess this fragmented dossier of identity.
She is not yet sure if it has helped.
‘The political imagination of contemporary feminism is at a standstill. The perky, upbeat message of self-fulfillment and consumer emancipation masks a deep inability to come to terms with serious transformations in the nature of work and culture. For all its glee and excitement, the self-congratulatory feminism that celebrates individual identity above all else is a one-dimensional feminism.’
Nina Power -- One Dimensional Woman.
SHOW 13, Royal College of Art, London
21ST CENTURY ART AND DESIGN – RCA 2013 SELECTION, Christe’s, King Street, London