Video · April 29, 2018
SHE IS, SHE WAS, SHE
This performance art piece defies what it means to know your identity. To be a woman and know who you are as a millennial means something, if not you are lost. I wanted to create a discussion of the evolution of woman and what we are told to be as women. The women we are, are not truly free. We have blockage because we have been taught to mask our feelings and respect for self, and become who is comfortable and acceptable. The woman who I felt was most free is the cavewoman, an ape (Charles Darwins Evolution theory) and cavewoman (Neanderthal), these women have no record of society and no plans to be. As should we. How do we get back to the basics of how we define women, and how do we build and create them. This is why She is, She was, She was created to indulge the ideas of women defined.
I was lost when I graduated SCAD in June of 2016. I graduated with a BFA in Acting and I completely felt like I robbed myself of my eccentricities to fit a mold of a person that wasn't true. So, as a curious soul, I began researching what identity meant. I would spend countless hours on my computer reading theories like Plato's Allegory of the Cave, watching Basquiat's The Radiant Child documentary, even little dissertations that others defined identity with from universities to the classroom subjects. What really got me thinking about a woman's identity is this piece done in California by these ladies for a project called "WOMANHOUSE" and I immediately knew that I would be exploring what it meant to be a woman and define herself in a world that tells her who she is, what she was, before she has a chance to tell herself. This is the beginning of figuring out a purpose and place, and we all have somewhere we need to be. We need each other to figure out these small details that make us full embodied women of character and voice.
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Malikah McHerrin-Cobb is a performance artist based in Atlanta, GA. She was, She is, She is her first piece within this medium, challenging the norms for people stuck in a chained collar that has prevented them from releasing the caged door.