It's Not My Fault She's Worried, Video, Prints, Wood, 2019
July/2019- It's Not My Fault She's Worried, The Newbridge Project, Newcastle
This journey through contemporary Vegas uses the connotations of wealth, glamour and glitz popularised by 50’s Hollywood movies and the beauty, fame and contrasting personal decline of iconic Marilyn Monroe as a metaphor for the violent gendered undercurrents present throughout our society. I seek to expose how the feminine stereotypes and performative gender expectations that are perpetuated through our language, media and pop culture are physically damaging to women. The film investigates women’s roles within capitalism: the unrecognised household and emotional labour and how these established inequalities are increased by pressure from our connection to social media in the 21st century. By the unavoidable internalisation of perfected representations women’s lives and bodies are commercialised; transforming speech, interests and photos into a curated brand voice which reinforces the pedestal from which we are then torn down.