Laura Duffy

Rear Window Project

29 October 2019 - 15 December 2019

Laura Duffy

Garden of Purity: Open your mouth wide and I will fill it, 2018

Comprised of the following seven works:

I am without shame, I am ashamed : I am the speaking of my name

Do not stare at me when I am thrown, I am the limbs of my mother

You who deny me confess me : You who confess me deny me

Pay attention to me am she who is disgraced and she who is important

I am the coming together and the falling apart : I am the enduring and the disintegration

I appear to be lust but inside is self control : you who loathe me why do you love me

I am without sin and the root of sin is within me : I am she who shouts and it is I who listens

Total running time: 20 mins 59 secs

Courtesy of the artist

Laura Duffy is a Wellington-based artist who primarily works with moving image and sculpture. This series Open your mouth and I will fill itis a collection of seven videos that are informed by the queer poem The Thunder: Perfect Mind (c. 350 C.E.). The Coptic poem is structured like a monologue made from a series of paradoxical statements that function in opposition to each other. Although written long ago, the text has found a place in a contemporary setting due to its queer, feminist and theological reading. Duffy references this poem by titling the works using excerpts from the text.

In the series Open your mouth and I will fill it, Duffy filmed foods that are considered ‘sexually charged’ as they decay – showing their transition from desirable to repulsive foodscapes. She employs the tropes of advertising by strategically using slow motion, time-lapses, extreme close-ups – with the intention to fetishise the subject. In the works, tiny organic landscapes pulsate, secreting fluids between aerial hyphae – the streams of liquid pulsating with rhythmic precision as it flows between the crevices of rotting flesh. Or as an oyster ferments, spit-sized bubbles begin to lace the surrounding milky water. Watching these works, we are sucked into Duffy’s paradoxical world of pleasure and sin, growth and decay.

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