Cynthia Maughan

Los Angelean Cynthia Maughan produced nearly 300 videos from 1973 to 1980, creating mostly short, direct-camera performances in which she stars in scenarios borrowed from a range of cinema and television sources. The dry wit and pictorial economy of her works also shows the influence of then contemporary California artists working in video, such as William Wegman, Paul McCarthy and Martha Rosler. Absorbing Hollywood's beguiling superficiality, Maughan treats the closed-circuit camera as a two-way mirror, in which and for which she prepares her public persona.   full biography


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1973-1978, 27:02 min, color and b&w, sound
1973-1974, 2:51 min, b&w, sound
Frozen & Buried Alive
1974-1975, 1:30 min, b&w, sound
Coffin from Toothpicks
1975, 1:54 min, b&w, sound
The Causes of Unconsciousness Tabulated for Ready Reference
1975, 2:21 min, b&w, sound
Taking Medicine with Gloves On
1975, 1:27 min, b&w, sound
Razor Necklace
1975, 0:48 min, b&w, sound
The Way Underpants Really Are
1975, 1:17 min, b&w, sound
Pig Mask
1976, 0:56 min, b&w, sound
1976, 2:11 min, b&w, sound
Trailer Life
1977, 1:22 min, b&w, sound
Marzipan Pigs
1977, 2:29 min, b&w, sound
Prisoner of Chastity
1977, 0:40 min, b&w, sound
Zebra Skin Clutch
1977-1978, 2:03 min, b&w, sound
I Tell Three Cats About Jail
1977-1978, 1:39 min, b&w, sound
Tamale Pie
1978, 1:56 min, color, sound
Sex Symbol
1978, 0:31 min, color, sound
Calcium Pills
1978, 0:56 min, color, sound