Eadweard's Menagerie 2017, UV-cured pigment on polycarbonate, mechanism, sync strobe, 47"x47"x4"
Eadweard Muybridge, widely known as the Grandfather of Motion Pictures, revealed the hidden moments of human and animal locomotion with his hundreds of sequential photographic studies. While his male subjects hammer anvils, box, and ride horses, several of his female nudes pour buckets of water over each other, kiss, and fall onto mattresses, landing with buttocks presented. One hundred and twenty years before the pornographic Girls Gone Wild franchise launched, Muybridge directed nude women to perform exploitive actions in front of his array of cameras. In Eadweard’s Menagerie, I placed a collection of these sequences into little virtual boxes under the gaze of a giant Muybridge, who posed nude for a number of his own studies. I digitally smoothed the subjects’ motion, adding images to the sequences that never before existed, making them feel as if they might break free of their eternal subjugation and speak out in today’s #metoo milieu.