This installation has served as a backdrop and stage for several performances and photo- shoots and video-shoots since 2013 featuring Miss Dixie De Rose. She is one of Bettina John’s five Alter Egos that she has been working with since 2012. The persona explores what it means to be an artists and how this manifests in the artist’s life. Sometimes a bit awkward, her raw and unfiltered manners are intense and intriguing at the same time.
When deserted by the artist the onlooker gets the chance to have a closer look at the installation and the life associated with it. It is possible to inhabit it, looking into the boxes and notes. It might make one feel a little bit like a spy, investigating the artist’s inner world. As with most artists and performers one never really knows what is the person behind the public image, behind the beautiful production shots, behind the stage persona.
The image below shows the installation at the group exhibition “Save Changes” at Stour Space, London in 2015. This version of the installation consists of several production photos of Miss Dixie De Rose, the video “Train of Thought” and her dressing table, make-up and accessories.
The image above shows the installation in 2013 set up for the live-performance “The Interview – Behind the Scene”.