You Do Not Do
string, fishing weights, bricks
“You Do Not Do” was a performance that explored ideas about femininity and invisible labor. Dressed as a ballerina, traditionally seen as a symbol of femininity and weightlessness, I tied bricks to my feet and weights to my arms and legs and attempted to dance a classical work despite the limitations. The audience sees the strained vibrations and distortion that results from the physical weight. Through this gesture, the piece communicates a struggle with the expectations of women to carry a great deal of weight, yet to look effortless while doing so.