Chelsea Ryan

Domestic Imprint

Video Performance, 4 minutes


Domestic Imprint is a 4-minute performance video. The work consists of several videos that range from a few seconds to a minute in length. While walking around the exterior of my house, I use a raw canvas that is the size of my body to drag myself from each wall. The videos capture my struggle as I move across each surface along the exterior of my house. While using a raw canvas to drag me across my house’s exterior, the material collects tiny pieces of dirt, brick, and dust along with creases and cuts from the cement. The visual outcome is an imprint of my house on the canvas. This work employs a different drawing method and reflects on the socio-cultural expectations of women’s labour around the home.

Chelsea Ryan Domestic Imprint - HD - 102