Talented Toiletmouth

When Karen Finley takes the stage, you're not at My Fair Lady. A typical solo work by the New York-based performance artist involves a flood of ranting * profanity, unspeakable desires, feral behavior and sexual politics. Assuming the character of a rapist or an abusive husband, Finley acts out the darkest imaginings of men, the furies of mind and body that she sees as the source of degradations suffered by women. In the process, she fills the stage with shrieks and spit, sometimes stripping off her clothes and smearing food across her body. In a now legendary piece that she introduced...

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