Performance, Video Art

German-born, Rotterdam-based performance and video artist Katharina D. Martin took advantage of the Watermill Center’s unique locale and resources for interdisciplinary work. Entitled Forest Time, her project entails her living, glamorously dressed, in the woods surrounding The Watermill Center—and filming herself over the course of several days. She was fully attired like a Marilyn Monroe-esque female icon, with a fresh manicure, makeup, evening wear, and high heels. She carried out traditionally feminine activities, in addition to acts of survival and play, while living outdoors at Watermill. As she inhabited this striking incongruity—dressed up in artifice in a natural environment—Martin revealed the absurdity of classic signifiers of glamorous femininity. This video is an opportunity to see Martin’s work-in-progress, captured via video.