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Copycat Triptych, 2020, HD 3-channel film, each individual film on 1 hour loop.
(This clip shows a 5 minute clip of the 3 channel video. Each separate video is on its own loop of around an hour, where Smith continues to perform the same short movement over and over.)
Copycat Triptych draws on three fragments from old films which all reference the double. Through painstaking repetition Smith shadows each of the characters movements for an hour. This becomes a sort of embodied drawing as a way to unpick, through mimicry and repetition, the gestural forms of femininity within our society and the roles we are encouraged to re-perform. The tracing of the actors’ gestures by the artist's body becomes strangely uncanny, and as Smith’s body tires they slip in and out of each-other's movements.
Copycat Triptych, installed in APT Gallery (left) and The Nunnery Gallery (right)
Links to individual channel videos below:
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