THE LISTENING HOUR
Conversations with living people about death and dying.
What is it like to become someone else?
As a child, I loved to play dress-up. I loved the way red lipstick would make me feel daring, a tutu could make me dance, and a pair of overalls might give me the opportunity to be loud and rude. As I got older, I started to feel that I was wearing an extra layer over my skin, and no matter what clothes I put on I was faced with my same fears, habits and behavior. This extra skin felt so solid, so true. Faced with this solidness, I started to question what was under this skin. That question led me to this project.
In 2012 I embarked on a transformative journey. The first artist was Marilyn Monroe. I spent August 2012-August 2013 filling my heart with the stories from her life, transforming my body to look like her and creating an environment for her to live in. After this year of study/transformation/creation I lived for 12 hours as Marilyn in her bedroom in front of a live audience and a live video feed.
In this project I explore what we are made of, what is real, how I can and do change in every moment.