The Bathroom Tapes: Track 3; Take 4 ("My Man")

Dayna McLeod

2000, 02:30 minutes, B&W, English


The Bathroom Tapes: Track 3; Take 4 ("My Man") is the first in a series of music videos shot entirely in rooms of my apartment. Interested in domestic containment, nesting, and home-sweet-home comfort, these tapes play with aspects of domesticity through role-playing and denial in a self-constructed fantasy world. Currently made up of three sets (The Bathroom Tapes, The Bedroom/Balcony Tapes, and The Kitchen Tapes), this series transforms rooms of my home into various stages that allow for the ultimate in escapism and transformation. In these comfort zones, I am who I construct myself to be. In this state, I am able to deny all of the stress, responsibilities, bills, and chaos of my real life. Typically shot in one take, these tapes capitalize on cheesy lip-synching, severe camera angles, and allow me to focus entirely on the viewer through the camera to create a false sense of intimacy.
In "My Man", I am dressed in a peach, frilly, floor-length gown that lends a sickly sweet air to my character. Made-up to look as though I've had the crap beat out of me complete with swollen cheek and black eye, I lip-synch Peggy Lee's version of "My Man" as earnestly as I can. This rendition is upbeat and jazzy in stark contrast to heartfelt versions by Billie Holiday and Barbara Streisand that can reduce listeners to tears. My intention is to make the viewer uncomfortable through my performance with unnerving humour.

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