wet works is a Workout Girl installation where I re-construct my studio in the gallery with painting, text, video, sections cut from my studio walls, and materials that together serve as a set for live performance.
Gathering the clothes and objects that comprise the installation, I mirrored myself performing on the video monitors, covered my body with vaseline, powder and glitter and played with a little girl's comb, fake white bird, "Dad" memorial wreath, faux fur rug and shiny pillow.
The performance-installation became a camp-queer-punk ritual for self-healing where my writing about the deranged power dynamics of sexual abuse and being a ballerina in the 80's formed a palimpsest-collage with love song lyrics by pop stars of that era.
wet works Installation Killing Time, Sullivan Galleries
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
April 30-May 22, 2010