Women I've Known

Heather Joy Layton

2018 - Ongoing

California, United States

I started this project in late 2018 after I wrote a blurb about a woman named Marlena, a woman who feels most at home in a Motel 6 surrounded by expensive furs. From there, I began thinking about other underrepresented women’s stories. While each character is being portrayed by myself, I use wigs to create distinctions between the characters. Eventually, once the project is finished, I would like to create a book of the same name. The book will be a collaborative one with a Latinx female poet and writer. Within it, I will include sections dedicated to each woman with stories and poems about them along with their images.

The project is meant to center women’s stories and also play with how women’s narratives are usually represented, particularly in filmic and mainstream contexts. However, what is unique about my series, in relation to other series playing with similar themes, is that I rarely reveal faces in my work. In doing so, I question how women’s faces are represented and examine how a performer can emote using other parts of the body.

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