She inches glass to break

VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, 2018.

She inches glass to break (2018) takes on elements of a sitcom-styled conversation between three women librarians as they plan for a library film screening; the dialogue revolves around their varying reactions to the use of yellow face in Breakfast At Tiffany’s and their different analyses of the feminist film Ticket of No Return (1979). I have been asking myself how I can navigate the filmic gaze and employ media tropes such as the sitcom or the advertisement in order to interrogate overlapping racialized and gendered stereotypes that the audience can internalize or misrecognize off-screen. I look to explore this idea through imagined and unlikely exchanges between film characters in order to use conversation and filmic critique as sites of experimentation. I seek to examine how the ‘talking cure,’ or conversation, can be a productive method for deconstruction, and for creating ambivalence and antagonism in relation to film discourse. 

 

She inches glass to break, excerpt, 2018, HD video installation, 14:23.

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She inches glass to break, 2018, installation view, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition. Photo credit: Terry Brown.

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She inches glass to break, 2018, installation view, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition. Photo credit: Terry Brown.

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She inches glass to break, 2018, installation view, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition. Photo credit: Terry Brown.

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She inches glass to break, 2018, installation view, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition. Photo credit: Terry Brown.