"This work addresses the ongoing impacts of the AIDS crisis and the stigma of being trans/queer through use of both makeup and passive aggressive performative action. In fact the most notable performative moment within the work sees me lying on the floor with a sick tiredness deliberately accentuated by makeup. I make no attempt to cover up how I feel—to look or to act well—given that queer love, lives and rights are the subject that the show (Tainted Love, at Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS), curated by David Broker 2019), and I are responding to."
Installation view of Enthusiastic Valentine (2019) Jo Bragg, in Tainted Love, Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Photo: Brenton McGeachie
Against a bright background, the artist performs acts of transformation.
The artist wears a contemporary adaptation of the virgin Mary's mantle in this video adapted from a live performance.
Three clips: a rose laid along the forearm, a piece of glass cuts the forefinger, a band aid is placed over the fresh cut.