I'm Too Sad to Tell You
by Casey Kauffmann
I’m Too Sad to Tell You
A two person solo show with
Casey Kauffmann and @uncannysfvalley
“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for your own pleasure.”
― John Berger, Ways of Seeing
This is a critique of the repressive nature of the representation of women in visual culture, not of the women themselves. We have become cartoons of ourselves and I want to address the familiar dissociative feeling of not knowing where the narrative ends and where I begin.
The women depicted in this show are unapologetically expressing heightened, exaggerated, often theatrical emotion. I’m compelled by images of women in which I can see the faint glimmer of their true sexuality, emotion, and agency that shines through their designated role.
Historically, society has equated expressing emotion with irrationality and manipulation. Women expressing anger or sexuality are engaging in an act of subversion and resistance. Compassion and sensitivity are not weaknesses. Anger is useful.