Performance for video in collaboration with Haley Morgan and Jacqueline Dougherty since 2008.
A recent working description we wrote together:
Our work erupts from a process-based approach to performance for video that is grounded in our friendship and becomes a stage for exploring the intersections of our identities within contemporary social, political and environmental contexts. The result is a window into intimate worlds that we create together through improvisational costuming and movement, and site-specific installation and set-design, where our obsessions, fantasies, questions and desires are expressed through nonverbal play.
The creation of these videos has been a practice of cultivating empathy with each other and our environments. This requires attentiveness to each other and an ability to stay curious and open-hearted, accessing aimless psychological states often relegated to children. We are performing for each other, cycling through the roles of director, stylist, performer and editor within a single shoot, resisting notions of singular authorship and static identities. The costumes and resulting personas become embodied collages of historical and contemporary representations of women, creating styles, uniforms and “looks” that reference painting, popular culture and feminist performance. The environments we are drawn to influence and echo the eclectic nature of our costumes and performance personas, often existing at the intersection of urban and rural spaces, in buildings that expose the decline of capital, and DIY sets that reveal the fabrication of our realities.
A Trilology: in service of; in light of; in memory of
Commissioned in 2016 by Live Art Magazine. Created with support from Static Age Records in Asheville, NC.