"Coyolxauhqui," installation (2006). Scroll video to 7:44 for segment on the Aztec moon goddess. I have always been a fan of mythology. And now I am working on a performance art movie based on three sibling deities I concocted two years ago for PASSAGES.
Pre-production character study for PASSAGES: Sum'o, king of the gods. And I am thinking about competitive, larger than life - what I call "maneaters" - women because I am about to start working on the youngest of the sibling deities in PASSAGES, Sum'a. She is aggressive, vain, cruel, and if she was human, you probably would not leave your husband alone in a room with her. I am so uncomfortable playing characters who give females a bad rep like Sum'a. In PASSAGES, Sum'a is horrified when her brother the king of the gods wants to give birth like a human - not because he is male, but because he wants to have a human experience. That is so repugnant to Sum'a. This story has similarities to a story about one of my favorite mythological characters, the Aztec moon goddess:
" ... Coyolxauhqui was a powerful magician and led her siblings in an attack on their mother, Coatlicue, because Coatlicue had become pregnant by a mortal and that was shameful. ... " Wikipedia.People who know me in the artworld laugh when I say I am not competitive - I don't think ambition and competitiveness are synonymous or that ambition requires a competitive personality, only lots of drive and proactiveness. I have mostly kept a Clark Kent mild mannered reporter profile in the dayjob world and also often in the artworld. I tend to yield the right of way to competitive women like Sum'a - dealing with other women's vanity is just not part of my plan nor my skill set. I have watched Sum'as operate at most of the jobs I've had; at paralegal school, law school and grad school; in the theatre world and more often than I ever would have imagined in the staid, mostly stationary art world.
Such an adventure to let such a female creature live inside my skin. Seriously, case in point: I was only able to tolerate and keep up with half a season of Sex and the City. I really did not get it, though I tried. And the only character I had any sympathy for was the mousy one who couldn't stand up to her husband. So ironic, as I will go all sorts of out of my way to avoid another woman's passive aggression, but I have no hesitation about going for the most threatening man's throat. Sympathy - that IS the problem - I always have anxiety about whether I can make a flaming bitch sympathetic.
Film at 11.
Pre-production character study for PASSAGES: Sum'i, The Arbiter