Petticoat Nation (2016-17)

webpage_petticoat1Starring Robin Griswold, Stephen Shearer, Daniel Homer and Renee Rhodes

This work takes the gold rush era play "A Live Woman in the Mines" by Alonzo Delano and deconstructs the symbolism of the petticoat, a potent object that shifts in meaning several times during the performance. This video, which incorporates hand drawn images on acetate, live animation, and live action sequences, asks what such shifting symbolism can tell us about how European-American women were viewed at the time of the California Gold Rush.