Forest time - 2009
In a residency taking place at The Watermill Center New York, the German-born, Rotterdam-based artist Katharina D. Martin realized her interdisciplinary work entitled Forest Time. Her project entails her living, glamorously dressed, in the woods 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. As she inhabited this striking incongruity, dressed up in artifice in a natural environment, Martin revealed the absurdity of classic signifiers of glamorous femininity.