For all you lovely lovely people who watch me and/or know me through other channels, in the midst of all the art I produce, all the fandoms I love, and all the costumes and makeups I do, you know I have a tender spot for Victor Hugo's The Man Who Laughs (l'homme qui rit) and the character of Gwynplaine. I have cosplayed him on several occasions in the past, spending countless hours on makeup trials, researching new makeup methods, and trying to create as realistic a representation of his physical aspect as possible. Having done this on so many occasions, I thought it was time to do something with it.
Part writing, part costuming/makeup, part photography, part acting, and part crowd-participation, the project attempts to explore what a modern version of the story might look like today. Based upon many of my own reinterpretations and modifying the original story to fit the current social and economic climate (which was exceedingly -- and frighteningly -- easy), the project follows a modern Gwynplaine as an internet presence, whose personal struggles and insecurities, complicated relationships, un/under-employment, disappointments, and unexpected life events are filtered through the typical self-monitoring of social networking sites where he looks braver, sounds happier, and seems to have his life together even when it is falling apart.
I do not publicly acknowledge this modern Gwynplaine as a project since the objective is realism, but if you are a Victor Hugo fan or an enthusiast for Gwynplaine/ The Man Who Laughs, enjoy performance(ish) art, and/or are just interested in watching how it plays out, please private message me (let me know that you want to follow him) and I will link you to his account(s)!
Drinking: Maple Coffee