(Virtual) | MEDUSA
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All of my performance work is done for the camera. The motion capture MEDUSA, 2021 is one step further removed, based on the facial tracking and animation of a performance. I was attracted to the Medusa because I found her curious as an icon of feminism. Her origin story is one in which another woman cursed her, blaming her rather than her rapist for her victimization. Before the feminists of the 70s adopted her, Primo Levi described her as the unspeakable horror witnessed by those in the camps. There is also the question of Medusa’s ugliness. What does it mean in most societies for a woman to be ugly? In what ways does ugliness determine how one is treated and to what extent does aging overlap ugliness, especially in the perception of women?