Backcomb
TitleBackcomb
DirectorSarah Pucill
CountryUK
Year1995
Duration5mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Beta sp Video
DescriptionThis piece continues the artist's concern with what she calls 'the domestic scene' which she uses to address issues of sexuality and the construction of feminine identity. Masculine solidity is represented in the film within the ritual associated with the table set. This is set against the feminine of the unstable, changing shape of the soft (food, hair, clothes) and the liquid in the pottery containers. The film processes from an order of separateness (between the camera and the scene) to a disorder where boundaries are broken; the dress, table cloth, cream, milk and hair becoming inter-twined. The claustrophobia of the domestic fuses the emotional with confinement. The dead and silent hair comes alive and wrecks the scene.