The Twilight Girl

The Twilight Girl

– The Twilight Girls, collaboration Helen Hyatt-Johnston & Jane Polkinghorne
1.2m x 1.8m inkjet on photo paper, “Odd Fellows”, 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney, 2013

The Twilight Girl, 2013

The Twilight Girl, 2013

Using only what was within the image, this figure combines Hyatt-Johnston and Polkinghorne. In blending our two different physiques, postures and skin tones The Twilight Girl responded to the exhibition’s thematic in a format developed from other works, and, is another “monstrous” interpretation of The Twilight Girls’ personas and physiques.

In using the banal everyday “horrors” of the naked middle-aged woman – no make-up, sagging breasts, overweight, bad hair, blotchy skin – The Twilight Girl is almost too grotesque and too repulsive, too banal to look at. The strength of this work comes from its deployment of the real, and yet it clearly furthers The Twilight Girls’ project of investigating cultural revulsion of and with the feminine.