12 – 29 March, 2014
Famous Persons, Atrocious Crimes, Superhuman Devotions
Famous Persons, Atrocious Crimes, Superhuman Devotions is a three video installation that investigates the collision between violence and eros. This triptych of videos explores abjection, specifically regarding female abjection (visceral bodily fluids, the eroticism of flesh), and the idea of excess as abjection; the idea that a massing of images that individually would be considered erotic can produce a sense of intense anxiety. Each of the three videos is a very tight shot of a woman’s mouth, each performing typically sexual ‘movements’: sucking, licking, excreting saliva. However, these actions have been exaggerated to such a point that they become unappealing. The images are also highly saturated in colour. Again, this relates to the idea of excess. Bright colours are generally considered visually appealing, but when there is excess it becomes overwhelming and, therefore, unappealing. Each of the videos also contains a food item. The first is bubblegum, the second butter, and the last milk. In these videos the mouth is sexually engaging with the foodstuffs; it is not the ‘normal’ way these items would be eaten. I think it is interesting that while the mouth, particularly a woman’s mouth, is often seen as erotic, its primary function is to consume food; it is essential for survival. By combining these two oral roles in each video – the erotic and the consumptive – I am able to draw attention to how much of a façade the eroticisation of the female is.