39 Steps Until Disappearance

39 Steps Until Disappearance is a photographic experiment using sequential imagery and performance-for-the-camera in an attempt to harness affect. The sequence documents a performance of a woman, surrounded and eventually enveloped by, the natural space around her. The performance explores feminism as a linear narrative by emphasizing a linear movement through time and space. The transient nature of the costume in these images acts as an ambivalent symbol implicitly alluding to the (female) body underneath. The images refer to the act of undressing, and the casting off of the heavy coat signifies a rejection of the (man-made) constructs of femininity while subtly referencing the fashion industry’s perpetuation of this construct. After the coat is discarded, the viewer is left with the uncovered woman, but eventually even she disappears and only the coat remains.