Egg Stock

Lisa Birke

2014, 08:00 minutes, colour, no language

TAPECODE 1051.17

In Egg Stock a business woman holds court on a driving range and a golf course, respectively. She caddies golf bag, briefcase and two giant ovaries constructed out of canvas clothing bags that are covered in felt and lined with four hundred red velvet pockets. Each pocket holds one of her eggs (raw chicken eggs) which she systematically depletes by date-stamping, tenderly placing them onto a tee and then swinging at them with an iron fist. The escalating mess chronicles the passing of each month of her paradoxical existence—business tycoon, earth mother, fashion icon. At once visceral and absurd, the work probes notions of gender and sexuality while revealing tropes and challenging the societal expectations placed upon women.

Egg Stock originally consisted of a live performance and a performance-for-video created for “This Could be the Place” a co-production between Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA) and the University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) 2014.

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