Here’s looking at you
Here’s Looking At You is an ongoing photographic performance focusing on historically gendered spaces and the female body.
“The Club” was shot in San Francisco’s Dolphin Club, a private swim club that accepted only male members until the mid 1970’s. Painter Joan Brown was among a group of women who successfully sued the club to become members. The room pictured, now a gym, is featured in Brown’s painting, The Night Before the Alcatraz Swim.
Even as an artist and maker, I have a tenuous relationship to “The Shop”. It is a space I use but never feel at home in. I instinctively try to remove gender signifiers when I enter. Calling on the language of art history, I have inserted by body into the space in a way that fulfills both my worst fears of vulnerability and my hopes for empowerment.
The Board Room
I’ve spent time in many rooms like this one. Sometimes I get a seat at the table, sometimes I pour the coffee –both require a full performance.