The external body is a place to perform a version of ourselves, rather than be ourselves. To perform is to strike a balance between the self and the rules, between individual action and gesture and the script--between what you know and what other people tell you to know. Puffery explores the culturally constructed performance and expected behaviors of the modern female. I have created video and photography documented durational performances that question a female's relationship with exterior presentation. Viewers watch as she exposes her façade--examining it and breaking it down in an effort to negotiate self, power, and control.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Video art--Themes, motives; Performance art--Themes, motives; Femininity in art; Sex role in art
Department, Program, or Center
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)
Warne, Whitney, "Puffery" (2011). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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