Tealady

Street action, SEEN festival, Leicester, (2003)

The simple score for this street action was to offer a homely domestic setting in the street, where the public could come for tea and sympathy. Parodying the stereotypical gendered caring role of the mother, and re-siting the private, domestic role-playing expected of women into a public space, this masquerade of physical (a cup of tea and a biscuit), and psychological (sympathy and listening) comfort was offered to members of the public in the street.

The extreme hospitality on offer was shared with audiences who become active art-makers through dialogue and conversation and were asked to reconsider the caring roles assigned to primarily to women which often devour and eliminate possibilities for women’s selfhood and Subjectivity, as well as relegating them to a supporting role which is undervalued by society.