Inscribing an Unknowable feminine archetype

The practice documented in this section represents the most advanced version, in which I utilised a plain grey dress to present an ‘unknowable’ feminine archetype. This was in response to the way the practice was received when I was dressed as ‘Alice’. I felt the need to continue with using a costume, since it created a clear frame for play, but I wanted the representation to be more ambiguous. The grey dress is supposed to reference the style of the ‘Alice’ dress, but I have added longer sleeves, and the overall look is more ‘princess-like’, though without any of the colours that connote with ‘princess’.

The physical performance continues with an attempt to present ‘skill-less’ tricks, as a way to avoid making the body a spectacle. The movement is vernacular, unimpressive and easy. My body does not display ‘skill’ in movement, in the way that this is usually marked in dance, skateboarding, parkour, and other skillfull forms, but this is envisioned as a powerful stance; an attempt to be free from the objectification of the gaze aimed at the skillfull body.

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