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Wynne Greenwood

Music Video in the Women’s Spa

I’m rehearsing and live-videotaping Mirrors and Dresser in a re-creation of The Women’s Spa, an installation I originally made in 2011 to explore security, transformation and isolation. The set encourages a public performance of a private process.

When I think of women’s spas, I think of a place to rest, and to witness rest. A space has been created whose function is to allow communal relaxation. Spas are typically limited to women with financial means, the majority of whom are white. I mention these details because I’m concerned with who has access to transformative processes, and why.

For Mirrors and Dresser, popular cartoon characters and mythic figures like Pebbles Flintstone, Betty Boop and Medusa will hang out on spa maintenance day, watching each other have a body, holding space for becoming space, and praying for an end to isolation through nostalgia.

Pebbles has been a happy baby for 50 years. Medusa has been the monster for hundreds. How tiring. These are characters we insist upon; myths that we replay again and again. Why? Is it comfortable? Why do we seek comfort? Can we let our icons and our myths change?

I’m choosing these characters to talk about cultural exhaustion; to help me perform and challenge my own cartoony definitions. Performance itself expands by first exaggerating its boundaries and then letting it relax, stretch out, soak and rest. Not necessarily seeking comfort, but transformation and a more complicated existence.

—Wynne Greenwood

During the period October 13–December 2, three videos by Wynne Greenwood are presented: Big Candy, 2008 and Culture Keeper, 2012, recorded in previous exhibitions of her work, and Mirrors and Dresser, 2012, recorded live at the Frye Art Museum.

  • 10.25
  • Thursday 11 am –7 pm
    Wynne Greenwood
    Mirrors and Dresser
    Live Video Recording
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    10.26
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    Friday 11 am –5 pm
    Wynne Greenwood
    Mirrors and Dresser
    Live Video Recording

 

Mw [Moment Magnitude] is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, Joshua Kohl, Ryan Mitchell, Doug Nufer, and Yoko Ott. The exhibition is funded by the Frye Foundation with the generous support of Frye Art Museum members and donors. Sponsored by Frank Stagen, Nitze-Stagen, and Riddell Williams, it is supported by the Washington State Arts Commission, with funding—in part—by The Wallace Foundation, and by 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Seasonal support of the Frye Art Museum is provided by Canonicus Fund and ArtsFund.

Media sponsorship of Mw [Moment Magnitude] is by KUOW 94.9FM and The Stranger. Opening event sponsorship is by The Boeing Company.