video still a handwritten letter

Above: The Fancy Ladies, 1999, still from a color video, 10 minutes.

Below: Letter from the Fancy Ladies, 1999, ink on paper, 6 × 9".

The Fancy Lady, a fictional character that my sister and I developed as children is extremely wealthy, socially elevated, and impeccably mannered. The video The Fancy Ladies is the re-enactment of a defining scene from her life, one that my sister and I would enact every night in the bathroom. In it, the Fancy Lady discovers that despite her status and riches, she cannot escape the consequences of having a female body. In the video, the character of the Fancy Lady is overlaid by another of our fictional childhood characters: Slopper.