Peepshow (How Lovely to Be a Woman), 2001
Performance / Installation
Duration: 2 hours
Performed at Emergence at 290 McDermot Ave
I painted a small room pink, and used adhesive pantyliners to create a wallpaper pattern. I hung pink dollar-store frames on the walls (featuring the stock photos of handsome men which came with the frames) and decorated the room with with a large mirror, pink doilies, plastic plants, and other found household items.
Rather than paying for the 'peepshow', viewers were asked to choose a piece of Valentine's candy from a dish in order to start the show. Peering through gauzy pink curtains, the audience witnessed me riding an exercise bike in a pink dress and high heels, while watching an episode of the television sitcom Friends (where Chandler and Monica finally get married). After each playing of the videocassette, I stopped to inspect myself in the mirror, smoothed out my dress and reapplied my lipstick. This sequence repeated for two hours.