The Janice Tapes

2000, 8:16 min, color, sound
2000, 2:45 min, color, sound
2000, 3:21 min, color, sound
2000, 1:59 min, color, silent

The artist writes: "These works form a capstone to concerns that have been in my work since I began to make video — the artist's studio as theatre, the self-conscious/self-reflexive gesture that unites performance and painting, creation unraveled. The space for painting/performance is very shallow — a makeshift set, the television screen, the frame of a painting. In this tautological space the performer, both object and subject, views herself from both sides of the mirror. The gestures performed are fleeting, interrupted, handicapped; the performer's back is against the wall. The imagery plays a game with elements that are part of the creative process — clean and dirty, sight and blindness, fullness and emptiness, chance and effort."