Canada / Duration 9m 36s / 2011
Through a series of interviews with his teachers, The Hand In The Plastic Bag tells the account of a high school boy who rotted his own hand off by keeping it in a plastic bag with an elastic band tied around his wrist.
Through videos and drawings, Eyres utilises surreal narratives and absurdist humor to examine the abnormal psychology behind extreme human behaviours. Her videos frequently borrow from the aesthetics of low budget television and feature surreal or exaggerated situations. The characters are instilled with elements of the uncanny so that the viewer ultimately recognizes aspects of themselves or others. This adds to their sense of discomfort and allows for incongruous feelings of both compassion and repulsion.
Over the last decade she has produced a body of videos that borrow from the aesthetics of low budget television, and feature her own self-transformations. In recent years, she has departed from these previous works to employ amateur actors to play the roles, thereby furthering the awkwardness of the characters and their bizarre situations. This recent body of work includes a remake of the 1980s television soap opera Dallas, featuring child actors in the roles.
Eyres has recently completed a six-month Canada Council residency in London that encouraged a further departure. Her new work appropriates VHS footage from the 1970s and 80s. Much of the original signifying imagery and dialogue have been removed in order to isolate ambiguous and grotesque moments that are repositioned alongside fictionalized accounts of auto-biographical events.