Covers – Jenny Lin


A reclusive dominatrix named Covers runs a fetish lakehouse for clients who like to be wrapped up in blankets. Covers’ true identity is a mystery since her clients and employees only know of her working persona. Following a period of being under surveillance, Covers is kidnapped.

Inspired by common plotlines of superhero cartoons and suspense / crime televisions show of the 1970s and 1980s, this video explores the cartoonish and outlandish representation of violence from these decades as erotic and fantasy-based. The narrative for Covers is simultaneously linear and fragmented using the structure of a formulaic plotline as a skeleton to carry non-plot-advancing sequences of sexually suggestive struggle. The image sequences of Covers were based on Youtube clips of popular television shows. Removed from their original contexts, the Youtube clips are recontextualized as fantasy-based role-playing BDSM scenarios. In Covers, I reassemble these clips with some modifications.

Jenny Lin is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist. Her work is often narrative-based. Sometimes inspired by real events or settings, Lin develops narratives into a mix of subdued yet absurd or fantastical scenes in which the everyday is somehow disrupted. She teaches at Concordia University as a sessional instructor in the Print Media program area and works at McGill University as a medical illustrator.

Comments from old site:

Submitted by diane (not verified) on Thu, 04/07/2011 – 17:47.

What an amazing work! I love the drawings- beautiful, haunting and funny at times. Fantastic!