Soggy Glasses, A Homo’s Odyssey (2014)

Dynasty Handbag’s Soggy Glasses, A Homo’s Odyssey (2014) is a feminist epic of self-exploration. Handbag parodies Homer’s Odyssey by revising the masculine allegory through a queer-feminist lens. Through the artist’s signature blend of physical humor and camp aesthetics, she takes the audience on a voyage through her heart, mind, bowels, and “artist colon-y.” Utilizing props, video, voice-overs, and animation, Handbag critiques the male archetypal journey home and searches for her true nature outside of patriarchal culture. Handbag notes that in the performance she “employs the female physical and spiritual body as the terrain for her journey home.” Ultimately, she works to dismantle patriarchy through a feminist body politic by symbolically calling for the end of phallocentric logic.

DYNASTY HANDBAG (JIBZ CAMERON) is a performance artist, video maker, and actor based in Los Angeles. Handbag has been heralded by The New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and by The New Yorker as “outrageously smart, grotesque, and innovative.” Her artwork has been presented at the New Museum, Performa, The Kitchen, MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Broad Museum, REDCAT, and Hammer Museum, among other venues. Handbag has acted in works by The Wooster Group, The Residents, and Kalup Linzy. She has produced numerous video projects and two albums of original music. Handbag’s artwork has been supported by residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She works as a professor of performance and comedy related subjects at various universities.