Facing South

Lisa Steele

1975, 21:31 minutes, B&W, English


"This tape begins with a voice-over assertion (my own) that ... 'sometimes I look at things too closely, seeing them in too much detail.' The tape which follows is a visual diary of an early spring growing season. Seen in extreme close-up, however, the environment is decidedly unnatural. the garden is on a window sill; the animals are pets; female sexual parts are seen through a magnifying glass. Here, I wanted not so much to 'record' daily life as to reflect on the unreliability of paralleling female experience and natural cycles. The two are not the same thing. I wanted to show a female experience which was analytic in its relation to nature." L.S.

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Critical Writing

Video Technology and the Feminine
by Nell Tenhaaf. Parallelogramme, 1992, v. 18, no. 3.
Vidéo: regard introspectif: Toronto Video: Looking Inward
by Peggy Gale. vie des arts, Spring 1977, v. 21, no. 86.
Lisa Steele: Looking very closely
by Peggy Gale. Video by Artists, 1976. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1976.