Valentine

  • Valentine ( Video Performance) 2012
  • Everything to Lose ( performance stills) 2011-13
  • Sculpture, performance, and production by Melissa Ichiuji

This video and still images are based on a live burlesque performance I did at (e)merge Art Fair in Washington DC in September 2011.

I use feminity and the female body to explore the erotism, fragility, and mystery that define the human condition. In this performance instead of stripping off layers, I cover the innermost mirrored surface with layers of muscle, organs, fat, and skin. Much like armor, these layers are a metaphor for ego, power, and fear.