Shannon Plumb (American, 1970) becomes a literal one-woman show when she stars as all of the characters in her humorous, often caustic short films. She weaves her life as an artist, wife, and mother into these comedic works, morphing the ordinary into the astonishing by channeling the physicality of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Lucille Ball. There is also a charming low-tech aesthetic in Plumbâ€™s work, particularly with her preference for Super 8mm film and handmade costumes and props. But the payoff is sophisticated, shrewd, and wholly original, offering deft commentary on fashion, domesticity, body image, and the curious world of contemporary art.
Shannon Plumb joins us to screen several of her filmsâ€”including "Rattles and Cherries," "Rollercoaster," and "Olympics"â€”and premiere a performance from her new work "Chopped Liver."
[Image: "Rattles and Cherries." 2004. USA. Directed by Shannon Plumb. Courtesy of the artist]