Handbag Readings

Handbag Readings, Performances: Provisional Newlyn (2005),  Truck Festival (2007), ON-SITE festival (2010), All Night Cabaret, St Ives School of Painting (2011), Women’s International Celebration at the Acorn, March 2012.

Adopting the character of failed palm reader Madame Marina Sac-a-mano, I offer to ‘read’ handbags, manbags, contents of pockets. What can the objects that we choose to carry about with us, tell us about ourselves, our present, our past, even our future….?

Sac-a-mano is an extreme, fictitious caricature. She stands out as a parody unable to maintain the pretence, slipping between reality and fiction. This intentional slippage between the character and the artist, plays with performativity, and with theatricality.

Whilst intentionally humorous, dealing with peoples’ things is a delicate, and private transaction. Publicly exploring what people own, why, and what it might say about them, has currency with a body of work in which I explore the relationship between people and things. What do the objects we choose, and value say about us? What are the deeper psychological meanings and messages about ‘our’ objects. Are they transitional, comforting, do they constitute who and what we are? The performance has the intention of exploring this with the public, in a personal and humorous way.