Mary Reid Kelley’s nearly nine-minute black-and-white video Swinburne’s Pasiphae, 2014, and its accompanying handmade props and drawings constitute the second installment in the artist’s ongoing trilogy based on the life of the Minotaur, that infamous half-man, half-bull of Greek mythology. As she has with each of her increasingly complex and distinctive video works to date incorporating animation with live action, Reid Kelley again weaves a multilayered narrative full of blink-and-you-miss-it literary and artistic allusions and clever wordplay. The video is highly stylized yet utterly captivating. Reid Kelley plays each character, donning various inventive prosthetic masks, bodysuits, and appendages. With its exaggerated postures and monochromatic setting, the setup is part German Expressionist film, part commedia dell’arte. As the Minotaur, Reid Kelley wears a leotard with a
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