digital video collage | 2019
In the age of Trump presidency, who has agency over, and ownership of, women’s bodies? As a mother of daughters in the age of Trump, who has agency over their bodies, their developing “selves”?
This work weaves digital video clippings of my own body into a tapestry of movement, calling to mind ornamental and decorative arts traditionally deemed “women’s work” such as sewing, knitting, and weaving. The movement is juxtaposed with the jarring sound collage of Trump’s words.
Similar to ornamental and decorative patterns, they repeat and juxtapose basal elements to form larger motifs. As moving collages, they convey the notion that patterns can be malleable, restless, mutable, transformable, etc, The idiosyncrasies in the movements contrast with the common conception of consistency and regularity associated with the “digital” and reveal the “human” hand in the process of construction (human body movements). Dragging and dropping physical body parts creates the repetitious aesthetic only possible with digital technology, thus suggesting the multifaceted (sometimes artificially replicated) identities we can assume in today’s digital world and in the age of Trump.