The race to keep up with beauty trends becomes all-consuming, with the exhausting narrative of social media being a constant reminder that we may not be ‘perfect’ enough. However, slowly but surely, we are starting to see a shift in this narrative. Body positivity movements are forming, women everywhere are communicating their own relationships with their bodies and most importantly, women are reclaiming their own image. It seems that the truth about perfection instead lies within our imperfections.
In her latest series, Dystopia of the Mind (2020), Or Williams explores the
middle-aged female body and its role within society. The work acts as a personal anecdote to her experience of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Finding herself without access to a studio, equipment, and an audience to perform to, Williams’ work has transitioned to the digital. Through utilising apps on her phone and computer, Williams has created hauntingly relatable works that comment on the difficult positions that women are placed in once they are restricted to the home.
Public participation was an essential part of William’s 2019 and early 2020 work. The group activities made the studio a vibrant space in which members of the public had the chance to play an active part in the performance works. The dialogue between artist and participant therefore became an unpredictable landscape for the narrative of the stories that are told. Cardobodiesfor the Post-Apocalyptic Humanity (Spur F) and the Cardobodiesfor the Post- Apocalyptic Humanity (AV Room) were audience participatory pieces in which people were encouraged to respond to an ‘end of the world’ scenario. From these active pieces to very suddenly being stuck at home, the scale of Williams’s work has changed dramatically and the shift to digital is one that has demonstrated the ways the Covid 19 has changed all of our lives.