Duppy engages with the fluidity of identity by drawing on Jamaican mannerisms and symbolism to connect my personal experience with racial erasure and sexism within Alberta. ‘Soucouyant’ a Caribbean folktale of a shape shifting phantom, cocoons herself with sagging flesh that fails to fit her real form underneath. Only when it is dusk, this monstrous feminine busts towards the sky, fooling as a falling star. Duppy uses this tale to physically capture the metamorphosis of living as the ‘other’ while being born into an environment of familiarity.
Then I emerged out of my cocoon like some new breed of butterfly 2017
Hand sewn iridescent organza and fishnet bodysuit with pearl and shell embellishments, considered medium size on body, 2017
A too-vulgar form of compensation 2017
Hand sewn iridescent organza and fishnet bodysuit with pearl and shell embellishments, considered medium sized on body, 2017
A Mere Silhouette Of The Self
Baby's Breath inside wrestling headgear that is suspended by ribbon in front of a moleskin book with transfer text, 2017
Printed on clear film and suspended by hay twin infused with baby's breath, 2017
The Black Saint Is A Sinner Lady
The Exotic Canadian Savage
A Woman that did not want to be below Man but beside, traveled away from the Garden to live a life of independence and freedom.
To knot the coming-of-age transformation in the female experience lends itself to explore the nature of metamorphosis. This investigation is silent. Drifting in between a dreamscape of the Canadian wilds and urbanity, the silence carries the form through an act of fleeting, dissipation and insecure foraging. The sensitive nature of body language cover the secretive and non intrusive nature of presence that no one can see forward. Only behind.
Lilith (the exotic canadian savage)
2016, Digital image collage transfer on Birch wood