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Horror Make-up

performance, 2006

In “Horror Make-up” I transform myself from normal to zombie in the midst of a daily subway commute. Instead of improving my features, like the woman who steadily applies makeup en route to work or play, I become gruesome. This work takes cues from the legion of women who perform beauty rituals on the subway in a curious private zone where they seem unaware of anything outside their activity, and the rising cult of zombies in popular culture, where zombie gatherings and zombie lore flourish. Locating the audience physically in the subway performance space positions them as both voyeurs and potential victims.

~camera, Beckley Roberts

read feature New York Times article by Carol Kino, "Watch the Closing Doors, and Mind the Zombies"