Stuffed – notes

The story behind the story of Stuffed Bird

created 6 December 2008

  • At present, I don’t have a photo of myself in the base layer of clothing. It was a black leotard with black tights emblazoned with a fiery design. This is the phoenix outfit.
  • In the performance, I tried to start with two contrasting layers, then stripped each layer off while telling stories to passers-by. Then I stuffed the clothing into the figure.
  • All of the clothing is mine. I held back on that information during the performance.  Would it have made a difference to reveal it?  Would it have been better to do so?  The question is open.
  • None of the clothing except the phoenix outfit and glow-in-the-dark hair was acquired as a costume.  It was all worn by me at one time or another.
  • I designed and embroidered the jeans when I was 16. Acknowledging the young girl I once was by displaying the jeans is the inspiration for the piece.
  • Three stones were lost in the most recent traumatic episode, ergo the shrinking inside the clothes.
  • The biography of Rrose is a combination of real biography, exaggerated biography, and made-up biography. I am currently in the process of writing up Bio Factoids, which turns into a poem.  This will be posted here soon.

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