The fan is recognised as the ultimate symbol of femininity. Geishas use fans as instruments of concealment, artistry and allure. Elvis Presley, however, used fans to elevate his masculinity. In my new series of self-portraiture, I have created a gender-bending, genre-mashing character who is one-part Elvis and one-part Geisha. In a short performance video piece, I use the fan, instead of brushes, as my tool for painting my canvases, symbolising both feminine and masculine ideals.

[Images and Video by Andrea Mary Marshall whose is currently showing at Garis & Hahn in NYC]