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Scrapbook featuring original magazine cuttings of Miley Cyrus, as collected consistently between 2008 and 2011. Produced in the style of Beatles scrapbooks (made and) filled by fans in the 1960s.
Single screen version of the dual screened installation by Lizzie Ann Day (2017).
The film is shot to mostly avoid the handmade scrapbook featuring cuttings, forcing the viewer to work out what sort of “childhood obsession” the artist could have collected, pushing us to stereotype and pigeonhole her. Shown across two screens, the film references Itamar Simonson’s “tipping point” theory. An idea that suggests collections do not start from one item, but two. The first alone, can be justified, whilst the second demands and third, the third a fourth, and so on. Screened in a corner, the artist is forcing the viewer to attempt to look at two screens simultaneously, feeding them the information from two different viewpoints, or two different items in one collection.
Featuring, in order of appearance: Michelle McLaren, Clara Strachan, Elliot Killick, Grace Mostyn, Erin Docherty, Fiona McLoone, Steven J. Wilson, Morgan Connelly, Heather McNab, Rachel Cairns, Georgina Hickey, Angela Van Geete.
The cuttings themselves were collected by the artist in secret from the age of 11 to 17, after becoming fascinated by Cyrus on return from a family holiday in Ontario, Canada. As they were kept isolated, nobody except the artist had seen these cuttings until the start of this project.
The artist wished to document a public reaction to the collection, not only to see what others thought of childhood obsessions but also as a sort of cathartic process. To open up to friends, and strangers. Those taking part in the filming process were all members of the same class, though some are known more to the artist than others.
Beatlemania is often referred to as a religion. As the starting point, and main control, for this project, the artist has contrasted this world scale obsession with her own tween interest in Cyrus. Like the Beatles fans, she has collected cuttings and merchandise. Like the Beatles fans, she covered her bedroom walls, keeping even the smallest mention of her idol from a ratty newspaper. With this in mind, was Miley Cyrus the artist’s religion? To play with this idea, the handmade scrapbook sits on an ornate wooden stand, reflective of those used for religious literature.