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
 
Scar/Scarf
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
 
Poodle
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