In Conspicuous Relaxing (2015) and Uneven Tanning Bed (2015), women’s bodies are stretched out and opened up – exhibited, transgressed and misshapen. Intimacy is made public domain. Shining a bright light on accepted First World norms, like leisure time as creative self-expression, or body image as a true reflection of the self, Boardman plays with the humor and pathos of self-consciousness and social status. Makeup Bus Commute (2015) was inspired by one of Boardman’s bus rides during Sydney rush hour: the artist observed a young woman, “applying her entire makeup routine from foundation to mascara,” during the commute. “I feel it’s important to document these odd, partly grotesque, partly endearing aspects of everyday life – they shouldn’t be lost.”
For Sitcom Studies, Boardman continues to build a cast of characters inhabiting a world unto themselves. Her proto-persons play at various roles and attempt to follow the rules, however, in the end, their super wackiness allows them only a small degree of free will, leaving them consigned to destiny’s whims.