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Chris Girard: Lady/Applicant: The Lazarus

This installation subverts the identity of renowned confessional poet Sylvia Plath into a ghostly presence.

Chris Girard - Lady/Applicant: The Lazarus (Audio)

Lady/Applicant: The Lazarus is a multimedia installation and experiment in new media poetics that subverts the identity of renowned confessional poet Sylvia Plath into a ghostly presence. By presenting collaged audio and video recordings, the project questions the role of the author.

Readers established the poetry of Plath in such a performative way that the conventional characteristics of mental illness construct her identity. Since Plath's suicide almost 50 years ago, she continues to play the role of a depressed wife and mother. The attempt to disembody identity through the collaging of audio and video clips places meaning making on the reader.

Year: 
2010