Discover Oral Hygiene

Tagny Duff

1997, 06:00 minutes, colour


This experimental video was produced during a mini media-residency at The Western Front. Composed of hi-8 footage and 16mm film, this video investigates the antagonisms between the artist and her diva alter-ego, Steff Hoons. This video signals the beginning of my investigation of anorexic and bulimic tendencies situated within constructs of the feminine. It also marks my departure from the performance persona of Steff Hoons to the evolution of the character, Simone Cage.
Hoons embodies the fashionable image of the feminine often found in magazines and media. The "I" of the artist persona attempts to 'excrete' and abject the regulated gaze projected upon the female body that Hoons represents. However various institutions such as the media and medical sectors reinforce the way we see and express our physicality. The dentist and the doctor may attempt to improve your health, but they too are reliant on the same cultural mores and regulations.

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