There is a Myth

Catherine Elwes

1984, 10:00 minutes, colour, English


"The traditional icon of the mother is notably absent from this tape. Instead, the work centers on the image of a breast milking under the rough caress of an infant's hand. The uncompromisingly physical experience of maternal love is much in evidence. Fear of loss inspires gestural mourning and a sentimental song. Playfulness and a devouring lust insist on a hearing and I am not above teasing Freudian castration anxieties." -C. E.

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Critical Writing

Embedded Aggression Implied or Enacted
by Grahame Weinbren. Millennium Film Journal, Spring 2013, no. 57.
Brit Bright Bill: Private Members Public Tools
by Shirley Cameron and Roland Miller. Fuse, Spring 1985, v. 8, no. 6.
Mythologies and Militarism: "Just Some Women Trying to Change History"
by Lisa Steele. Fuse, Fall 1984, v. 8, no. 3.
Mythologies and Militarism: "Just Some Women Trying to Change History"
British/Canadian Video Exchange '84, 1984. Toronto: A Space, 1984.