Tuesday, July 11, 2006

James of Maidstone

3 Comments:

Blogger St Anthony said...

Looks like Arthur Kane on a bad (or is that a good?) night.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 5:38:00 pm  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

There is something very poignant about someone being completely 'gone' - we laugh at her but really...we remember all the times we've ended up in that state and how it makes us cringe with embarrassment. I think much humour is created from embarrassment and humiliation. Ain't it great?

I wonder if that comes from human experience? Grayson Perry said that it wasn't just the dressing up in women's clothes that he liked...he wanted the humiliation of being a 'little girl' - that was part of it.

She looks like she wants attention - again, a mask of make-up. The sexualised symbolism of red lips (god I wear so much red lipstick...what does that say about me?)and garish eyes but the softness and fragility of being alive and losing control. Sometimes the clown does really cry. But...she likes to go on a really freaky, enjoyable journey before she does so. Hurrah for losing control!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 6:47:00 pm  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

And...because she's really a man..it kind of adds to that representation of what is humiliation and what is not. Why should a reproduction of 'woman' be inherently laughable. I say...live and let live. I think all boundary breaking is interesting and fun.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 6:49:00 pm  

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