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Original .gif files of self-portrait performance with gold leaf on skin.

Amelia Jones, in Body Art; Performing the Subject, states: “Precisely because feminist body artists enact themselves in relation to the long-standing Western codes of female objectification (what Craig Owens has called the “rhetoric of the pose”), they unhinge the gendered oppositions structuring conventional models of art production and interpretation (female/object verus male/acting subject) … reiteratively exaggerating it beyond its veiled patriarchal function of female objectification.”1

The self-portrait performance was originally done as embodied research into the Russian folkloric character, Baba Yaga. Closely related to the ancient Scythian sun goddess, Tibiti, Baba Yaga sometimes has a gold leg. I covered my entire body in gold leaf and enacted gestures that reference both madness and seduction, qualities I understand every witch to possess.

The .gif format was used for its endless repetitive nature, referencing obsessive acts and the inability to ever complete them.

Reference:
1. Jones, Amelia. “The Rhetoric of the Pose: Hannah Wilke and the Radical Narcissism of Feminist Body Art”, Body Art; Performing the Subject. 1998. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. pp 151-152.

Article on Feminist Figure Girl blog.
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