CHRIS KRAUS: FILMS FROM THE 1980S AND ‘90S
by Elisabeth Kley
Dressed only in a black bra and panties, spiked fingerless bondage gloves and a curly blond wig, writer Chris Kraus once braved six degree temperatures in the snow, while ranting about murdering her sadistic husband. “I was trying to build a gendered two-legged snowman, thinking the legs would join together at the pelvis and the dick. Never got there,” she recalls. The ordeal was for Foolproof Illusion
(1986), a 17-minute film about Artaud from a feminist point of view, and the snowman’s lack of completion resonates in light of Kraus’s aborted filmmaking career.