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The Laundry Series / Dressing

Dressing is an audio-video installation about my perpetual struggle to strip away and demolish a femininity and consumerism that is stringent and potent. I captured myself through second-long automated exposures, during rapid and frantic stages of dressing and undressing, with multiple layers of dirty laundry. The resulting still images were aesthetically and conceptually timed to my collaborators, The Diagonikals’, soundtrack. As a feminist and a naturist I ask: How can I succumb to the fetish of the feminized materials of fashion and consumerism? Dressing is projected and looped endlessly. Possible installation sites are an intimate area within an art gallery, the inside of an empty closet, or a storefront window or exterior wall in a fashion district.

Dressing belongs to a developing body of work entitled The Laundry Series, which is taking on new forms and connotations from its original photographic manifestation, Dressing, Pinning, Folding, Spinning, and Slipping. The series has expanded to performative photographs entitled Tossing, and an a audio-video installation called Dressing and the performance artworks Purging and Helping: The Clothing Workshop

Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council are gratefully acknowledged for their support of The Laundry Series.

Dressing from Teresa Ascencao on Vimeo.

  2015  /  video installation  /  Last Updated March 12, 2018 by tascencao  /