Tealady

street action, SEEN festival, Leicester, (2003)

The simple score for this 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 are asked to reconsider the caring roles assigned to women which devour and eliminate possibilities for selfhood and Subjectivity.