Set amidst the hustle and bustle of QV Melbourne shopping precinct, SHOP I AM seeks to explore our fascination with consumerism, to seek reassurance by disguising our flaws through fashionista facades.
Why do we need to cover up the naked self? What are we hiding? When does the exposure of flaws become beautiful?
A woman sits semi-naked on the stone gallery floor inside a wire frame, whilst an androgynous figure dresses the frame with red balloons. The silent bare walls and stone floors of the gallery are disrupted by the ritual whilst a naked male figure enters and observes. A hand emerges from the apex of the frame – a cry for help, a signal to be rescued, or a release from bondage – the story is left to the audience to unwrap. She arises from the apex, the frame transforming into a ballooned skirt. Slowly her nakedness is covered with civilian clothing. She frees herself from the frame and explores her freedom in the space. Meanwhile ,a male 'Narcissus' type figure exploits the space by parading with grand dramatic poses and athletic leaps.
Both figures entwine, retract, play, create shadows and dance into the audience to challenge or claim their space. Together they enshroud the androgynist figure in Myer type gift wrapping and entomb them in a death ritual. However, the entombed figure sends distress signals until their last breath. From this point, the relationship between the remaining two figures dissolves from fascination into hate and violence. Together they are no longer enough. They have killed the essence of that which bound them together.