A Real Woman

A Real Woman


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From 9 to 5 daily, Clark sat in a glass enclosure within a storefront display and relentlessly followed the social rules for feminine self-display. She repeatedly applied and removed makeup, carefully following instructions on packaging and in women's magazines. She brushed her hair, manicured her nails, waxed her legs, and cut out and displayed hundreds of fashion photographs on the walls of her enclosure. The street audience (many of the same spectators passed each day) watched her activities through a tableaux of threatening male figures, mannequins arranged between her glass box and the glass of the window. Clark hoped to spark critical thought and discussion about the connections between class and privilege, abusive violence and the cultural imposition of passive and decorative femininity.

Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ

Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

Living art exhibit attracts stares from passers-by, Daily Targum

Slide Lecture