Video and performance

Process

I like to take an ad lib approach. I start with a vague idea, set up the surroundings with objects and clothing and perform in response to it.

I take a lot of footage, and build on what I see I then try to make sense of all of it in the editing process, re shooting if need be.

Art Video works

Getting the Most Out of Your Wedding Dress

Art video and Performance taken at Lota. in response to being a housewife and the obsession with cleanliness

Ewe

In collaboration with Germaine Woodward

two women dressed as sheep
Still from Ewedumb

Two Ewes contemplate about becoming a Ewe/You society and the language of you.

The video was a response to a particularly I-centric performance video by Vito Acconci (Video and Performance Artist.)

Bridesmaids Fight Club Live

In collaboration with Germaine Woodward

Our intention was unashamedly subversive, bringing a fight into the gallery and calling it culture.  It is a parody of aggression, a choreographical spectacle aligned to the pomp and ceremony of a battle.

The original live performance took place at Metro Arts in Brisbane in 2004. My husband Shaun Murray took the footage. Germaine and I edited it later slowing down the action to resemble something like the fight scene in ‘Raging Bull’. 

Prior to the performance we went through a process of getting ready for the fight. We pushed ourselves further each time, learning how to scream late at night at uni, creating different moves, trying to make it look shocking and beautiful. We didn’t want it to look like a cat fight. The process was surprisingly empowering.

But it was also a live performance and open to the unexpected. Germaine had had reservations about the performance and had wanted to pull out. I encouraged her to do it but after the hair pulling incident my confidence was severely undermined and it took me a while to get over it. The end result echoed the whole struggle with the collaborative process each of us trying to pull the work in our own preferred direction until one would give in.

The Hoarder

Investigator with lamps

Contains some disturbing elements not recommended for children

A humorous serial murder mystery that reveals much about the victims through the objects they keep.

The Hoarder death of beauty
Death of Beauty

There are multiple deaths. the ageing beauty, the ageing mother, the obsessive cleaner, the purist food provider, the uninspired creative, and one last victim?

My family lived the experience of a hoarder for many months as I worked on the project. The experience of claustrophobia and the anxieties it produces were very much part of the film.

Space Dog Guilt and Anxiety

In collaboration with Germaine Woodward

A movie made after the performance of Space dog at the Soundshow Qut. Germaine as Dog owner makes dog music and Linda as sausage dog dances in response.

The video is a mocumentary on our collaborative process and highlights some of the difficulties we faced working together.

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