My 1980s by Wayne koestenbaum re-affirmed a passion for the nuance of text and for autobiography. Koestenbaum does not simply give us an autobiographical account of his life, but instead employs cultural figures, poetical verse, and a serious of disclosures which paint a vast and complicated biography of time, place, culture, pleasure, sex, passion, obsession and moments which build an interconnected, web like narrative. In many ways, this book reflects my own practice and indeed, the structure of the MFA course. A bringing together of ideas, moments and references which make up the nuances of a life/practice.
The chapter ‘Anna Moffo’s Funeral’ is an account of Koestenbaum’s obsession/love affair with the opera singer. He lists moments, memories and events which give insight into a passionate, super fan relationship, which traces both Koestenbaum’s life and Moffo’s. After reading this chapter I felt I needed to explore a personal love affair/obsession of my own, Judy Garland. It led me to experiment with layering footage of Garland alongside my own work, and to write a series of events which trace my obsession with the movie star.