Tealady

Tealady, performance as dialogue and a cup of tea (SEEN, Leicester, 2003)

Social interaction, conversation, and dialogue as art; this action was intended to parody stereotypes of women, and societal expectation of their maternal, caring role. Playing with a myth of maternal and womanly comfort, physical (a cup of tea and a biscuit), and psychological (sympathy and listening) was offered to members of the public in the street.

Re-siting the private, and domestic role-playing expected of women into public spaces, the masquerade of gendered selfhood, caricatured by society, and pushed to extreme hospitality, is shared with an audience who become active art-makers through conversation.