Exercice de style

Mary Sue  |   4 min   |   Full

Mary Sue states that otherness starts within oneself, that she was born between 1979 and sometime now, and that her gender identity might be female or science (also relating to her top performance in physics) fictional. Under this sobriquet, she has pursued a relentless career (not by-passing ENSA of Dijon for art studies) performing in her own videos, making costumes and decor, posters and books, but also sculptures, installation objects, and photographs—all fabricated to perfection by hand and surrounding the exploits of the brilliant, fictive Mary Sue.

 

The position adopted by Mary Sue falls within that type of irony, based upon what is known nowadays as autofiction. The term autofiction, however, shouldn’t be understood here as it usually is when it deals with a more or less dubious kind of auto biographical fiction, but rather namely a form of writing that keeps a distance that is both salutary and perverse. (Incidentally, this could be a totally satisfactory definition of art.)

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