PINEAPPLE GIRL SERIES
3 SEASONS & DEPARTING TIDE
3 Seasons & Departing Tide video stills
2 Channel Video: 3:39 min.
In these videos I point to a sense of remembrance, like a haunting memory of the past that remains in the present. Modeled from the stories heard while growing up in Okinawa, Japan of Momotaro (Peach Boy) I wanted to create a character that could be the protagonist from a feminist perspective. I chose the pineapple because my father’s family was raised on a pineapple plantation in Kahuku on Oahu Hawai’i. It has been a repeating symbol for referencing a family history that I am a part of but disconnected from. It also has connections in New England with welcoming, hospitality, and social privilege, which references contradicted each other.
Pineapple Girl lives in a mirror of a place of otherness as described by philosopher and social theorist Michel Foucault in his essay Of Other Space:
“The mirror is, after all, a utopia, since it is a placeless place. In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface; I am over there, there where I am not, a shadow that gives my own visibility to myself, that enables me to see myself there where I am absent: such is the utopia of the mirror…it makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I Iook at myself in the glass at once absolutely real, connected with all the space that surrounds it, and absolutely unreal, since in order to be perceived it has to pass through this virtual point which is over there ” .
The character is isolated and separated within landscapes that are both familiar and foreign simultaneously. She is a reflection of my multicultural background and how that experience has created connections to the many places I have lived, as well as, magnified separations causing a desire for belonging.
______________1 Mirzoeff, Nicholas. The Visual Culture Reader. 2nd ed. London: Routhledge, 2002. p 232.
THE BIRTH OF AN OTHER GIRL
In this video I transition the idea of the Pineapple Girl to be more then just a fantastical character but point to her Otherness through a multicultural experience, and how through this experience new things can be born. I want the viewer to have a glimpse that the white garment is just as important as the pineapple.
This piece is a still from a private performance where pineapples were transplanted into a corn field whole in the season of January.