- WITTSTOCK Herma Auguste, Movie Star, 2003, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Allemagne.
I am alone in a small room. In the middle of the room is a pedestal which I am standing on. I am naked, but my skin is corvered with honey.
I stand on the pedestal like a star. In one arm I hold a bowl containing glitter particles like you know from TV shows. I pick up a handful of glitter and throw it over my body. It looks like glittery rain. After a while my body is full of glitter… In the end you cannot see my skin, only a new glitter dress. In the background you can hear the song ‘‘Movie Star’’.
The work Movie Star was devised after watching a presentation of a movie award on TV. Journalists asked the audience what they liked most. Every person answered ‘‘the nice glittery dresses, to think to be a star…’’ In my work Movie Star I respond to these people in a ironical way.
To think to be a star and to have a glittery dress is quite easy. I reduce stardom to standing in front of an audience and to have a glittery dress. A new dress, a new star is born…
This piece is a standing picture, which is moving slowly. The dress is an object. My body is nature, and after a while it is glittery, my body is a sculpture then. Photo/video: Alisdair McGlasson.