Thursday, February 19, 2009

Marcia Marica Marcia

Marcia Marcia Marcia is a continuation of 100 stroke and the idea of repetition and obsession.

Text works

100 strokes

100 strokes is a 3-channel video of repetitive brushing hair al la Marcia Brady.
Its an old saying to brush your hair 100 stroke before you go to bed to have stronger more beautiful hair, this action was often shown by the character of Marcia Brady on the Brady bunch. As a child I was convinced that I had to come my hair 100 strokes before I go to bed other wise I would not be pretty or beautiful.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

IT girls

This is a series of works and experiments about my obsession with young Hollywood, it girls, nylon TV, the city, the hills, MTV culture, London hipsters and Melbourne scenesters.


It girls is a animantion playing around with visual collage and sound collage, the sound to the piece is a mash up of interviews, and television shows including Mary Kate Olsen Peaches Geldof and Cory Kennedy. I had begun making utopian collages of young Hollywood and it girls back in Melbourne and I found myself with all these images that I had collected over the past months in Berlin, the video is a progression from the collages back home, and is still a work in progress


Sweet LA baby is a video appropriated from Heidi Montags first single she released called Higher.

Blown away

Blown away was an experiment with duration and hair dryers, the work is still in progress.

Nothing I do tastes like you

Nothing I do tastes like youWas filmed in my first month of being in Berlin and staying at a friend’s house.The action takes place on the kitchen floor, I sit surrounded by daily items of consumption and use i.e.: flower, toothpaste, wine, perfume, vegetables, moisturiser, chocolate, shampoo, oil, vinegar etc… I proceed to taste all the items in a search of finding the item that tastes right, each item I taste I then spit out.

Sent with love ( as part of the lipstick traces series)

Sent with love was a minimised version of love songs and dedications but was performed before the other was realised. It was a 2 hour durational performance consisting of standing stationary and kissing a white sheet of paper against a, next to me an envelope was placed with the words “sent with love from Kiera”.

What wikipedia had to say on the act of kissing:
“A kiss is the touching of one person's lips to another place, which is used as an expression of affection, respect, greeting, farewell, good luck, romantic affection or sexual desire. The word comes from Old English cyssan "to kiss", in turn from coss "a kiss".
The work was quiet and still and was quite mediative not only for me performing it but I believe also for the audience, it reminded me a bit of tom Friedman’s 1000 Hours of Staring. (1992-97).

Here is some lipstick material that iv been looking at:

Love songs and dedications (as part of the lipstick traces series)

Love songs and dedications was performed at K- Salon it was a 2 hour durational performance where I kissed the wall repetitively while listening to songs on my ipod. I made a conscious decision not to have the music played on speakers and instead on an ipod to further the act of intimacy between myself and the action and so that the audience were to only stand back and be voyeurs of this repetitive act.
Before I performed this work I remembered the piece of Cate Consandines Which was shown as part of the Bird Girls exhibition at the VCA, I also managed to find on youtube the lecture she gave that was part of the seminar on the exhibition, it was quite interesting to watch again (there is even a part where they film the audience and I can recognise my sleeve and hand writing in my sketch book) I like what she says about “putting something on to take something off” but I see my work more about leaving a trace a physical mark of an emotional obsession, like a graph of reputation, obsession, loss, etc

Here is the video of Cate talking about her work:

Some info I found on lipstick (from wikipedia):

“Lipstick is known to have been invented in antiquity when semi-precious jewels were crushed and applied to the lips and occasionally around the eyes. Women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied lipstick to their lips for face decoration. Ancient Egyptians extracted purplish-red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, which resulted in serious illness. Cleopatra had her lipstick made from crushed carmine beetles, which gave a deep red pigment, and ants for a base.
Ancient Egyptians painted their lips red and lined their eyes with khol. As long as there's humanity, there's vanity and makeup in some form or other. In ancient Japan, the geishas paint their faces white and their lips red. Red lips are a universal symbol of beauty.
In 1770, the British Parliament passed a law condemning lipstick, stating that "women found guilty of seducing men into matrimony by a cosmetic means could be tried for witchcraft."

Messages to outside (part of the lipstick traces series)

Messages to outside are a series of photographs containing text written on European double windows looking out on to snow covered Berlin. It is a continuation of the lipstick works.
After making it, I was remembered that clip in the Australian film Candy. It is towards the end of the film where the character Candy has a break down and writes the story of her and her lovers relationship and heroine addiction on the walls of their house in lipstick and other sorts of make up. I guess this then again references the idea of obsession, addiction love etc.
Here is a bit of the scenes:


XXX (part one and part two (part of the lipstick traces series))
In written correspondence the letter ‘X’ has represented a kiss since at least 1763.

XXXPart one

XXX part one is a short video looped of smashing three lipsticks, each lipstick is another kiss, each destroyed lipstick is another attack on relationships, the idea of the “made up woman”, and the absence of a lover. XXX is used in text to convey the action of kissing and this work again explores the idea of an absence of a partner or a destroyed partner.

XXX part two

XXX part two is a tryptic of lipstick on canvas, instead of the x symbol an actual kiss has taken place on the canvas.

10 minutes to a sensuous being.

This work is toying with the idea of female beauty regimes dictating women’s mornings, and the ritual of getting ready.
The juxtaposition of the mask, the masculine, the fighter, the war, and the perfume the feminine the luxury. Its also a bit of take on the culture of perfume adds, French sexy whispering husky voices deliciously decedent, such as: