Death & Disco
Plaster, ceramic, synthetic hair, buffalo hide, nail polish.
Lifesize; dimensions variable
I am interested in the relationship between innate and conditioned behaviors. The figures that occupy my practice eternally pose for photographs yet to be taken, performing roles that are both familiar and contrived. They are mirrors or popular culture's depiction of "babes," and embody the self-objectification that has become commonplace in contemporary culture. Based off of experiences catching myself mimicking certain cliché behavior, the work serves as an investigation of the delineations between self and culture, expression and impression. Death & Disco is a three part installation that was first exhibited at Hungry Man Gallery in San Francisco. The narrative is rhizomatic, that is to say adopts no narrative linearity from figure to figure. Yet, when read together as an installation, rather than as individual works, they play out their intent. The poses are centered around glances that flip the male gaze, influenced by conversations I have had with nude dancers about their confrontational eye contact with patrons. The figures are inviting in that they appear vulnerable yet are also in control, wielding desire in a line of vision focused on the viewer. In the installation, the two figures pictured here confront each other across the gallery floor, examining their roles from opposing angles.
Jaeger, Elizabeth, “Death & Disco,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed February 28, 2015, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/1245.