The Invisible Woman by Genevieve Davis



What:  This is a project of 6 Video Dresses, an installation combining sculpture, video, sound and drawings. 

It is scheduled for September 2021, at the Gender Museum in Kharkiv, the Ukraine. I am looking to travel the exhibition.

Why:  My heart reaches out to women in history that had the same smarts as we contemporary women do, but no opportunity for education - even a primary education - or jobs.   Imagine no opportunities whatsoever, anywhere! You can see it in their faces. Ignoring women is one of the many techniques employed to discredit women.  This installation project addresses the omission of Woman in history, in a new way by looking at women's ambitions vis-a-vis their frozen emotions.


Details:  The 6 video dress sculptures are on mannequins, mounted on a stand and are 4 feet high. The video dress represents historic costume from the medieval to the 1950's.  The bodices and sleeves are made of dichroic acrylic.  Dichroic acrylic is a new material that reflects all the colors of the rainbow, yet at the same time is transparent.

Inside each video dress is a looped video playing in three places.

1. Where the head would be, is a looped video of ice on Lake Michigan, a lake which I have often painted and filmed. This represents frozen emotions.

2. In the heart is a looped video of her thwarted ambitions.

3. Onto the white muslin skirt are projected different looped videos of ice on Lake Michigan, representing frozen emotions.


The sound is either a poem or polyphony or the sound of ice tinkling on Lake Michigan.  Drawings of what they would like to do are on the mannequin, which are made of papier mache.  In addition, information on the history of each dress is displayed next to the mannequin,  as well as what they wanted to be and what happend to each of them.

Bio:  This took a year for me to complete.  I have been making artwork, costumes and videos since 2000.  Please see my website at for more into, such as videos under "Feature Film" and costumes under "Murals." You are looking at a work-in-progress. The bodices are done. The skirts are done. The 18 videos are done. All that needs to be gotten are the things to play the video on - 12 cell phones and 6 video projectors.