The project A Woman Without Paint Is Like Food Without Salt is a 45 minutes performance, in reaction to the famous quote by Greek philosopher and scenarist Plautus. It belongs in my creative research process about the self-care and self-representation techniques used by women in the current patriarchal capitalist system. By transgressing the codes and subverting the materials linked to advertisement and cosmetics, I try to make sense out of the beauty rituals, as well as to understand their effect on mental health. For this particular artwork, my goal was to explore foundation as a way to cover, to mask. What happens when one pushes this idea to the extreme? Does one become more or less comfortable in their skin? Does one become more or less attractive to the viewer? At which point does one stop being a woman and start being an object? I decided to add salt into the process as a reference to the original Plautus statement. Is it by applying the salt that one falls into excess, into pain, into violence? Where do we draw the line for decadence? When does self-care become self-destruction?
This piece was performed for the event The Big Reveal at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, on October 27th 2017.