Joyce Ho deconstructs the rituals of daily life through repeated actions, exploring where the boundaries of familiarity begin to break down. Filmed against a bright yellow background, Overexposed Memory begins with a medium shot showing the upper body of a woman. Then the work shows a close-up of an actress’s hand holding a piece of fruit. The camera lingers on her hands and documents her actions of squeezing various fruit intensely, until they disintegrate into a pulpy mush. In the final act, the actor bites into a cherry tomato, letting the juice slowly drip down her chin. Editing, framing, makeup, and lighting all heighten these mundane details of everyday life, encouraging viewers to likewise observe familiar objects in unexpected detail.
Joyce Ho (b. 1983, Taiwan) is a Taipei-based interdisciplinary artist who interrogates everyday norms and rituals through painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. Her interest in the intersections between art and theatre can best be seen in works such as A Day (2011), which challenged the habitual actions associated with museum visits, and On the second day, Saturday, your three minutes… (2017), which played on the idea of spectacle.