Give Me Head - A collaborative work with Taipei Popcorn.
Give Me Head is the second installment in a collaborative series of work between myself and Drag Queen Taipei Popcorn. In these works we have a collaborative exchange where I produce the garment and images and Popcorn produces the makeup, music, and performance (Drag). These works, which include previous work - The Vulva (my pussy) - we seek to continue to produce work and present work in spaces that both produce new alternatives to the heteronormative and pornographic male gave, challenge censorship of the body, examine femme desirability and explore the monstrous femme.
This is in aims of fostering new relationships, new works and exploring the boundaries of what body is, what art is, and the spaces art takes places. The work will also take frame against homogenising colonial heteronormative gaze and look at the ways in which bodies are framed. Gender is explored as fluid.
Exhibiting these works within Drag culture and Queer spaces manifested new conversations to occur that normally wouldn’t have outside of the patriarchal driven spaces that exist within typical gallery spaces. This is one of the main driving reasons this work has been exhibited in Queer spaces within Taipei rather than it’s ‘white cube’ counterparts.
In Give Me Head the work was created from a set of found objects, the hairdresser heads. These objects have aesthetic relationships back to blow up dolls, sex toys, mannequins and ideologies of colonial, heteronormative desirability and beauty. The work that came from these objects is a tongue-in-cheek poke at enforced beauty ideologies represented by these heads, the smooth skin, clear and pale skin, the plump pink lips, and glazed eyes. These qualities can be found in porn, sex toys, in adverting, on social media, they are promoted as a homogenising idea of beauty. Through replication of this form it loses meaning and it becomes accepted as a norm. Through pushing this to absurdity using these heads as a ruff collar a play on status, class, and fashion re-production occurs revealing the constant replication of these beauty and desirability ideologies. Fabric oozes and extends, melting off the body and linking these heads. This work being worn by Taipei Popcorn who explores the extreme boundaries of femme aims to subvert these ideologies and examine their absurdity. This is further examined through the images, highly saturated and reminiscent of advertising, the drag, the performance and the music.
Performance Video coming soon.