Patrick Staff

Weed Killer

2017 | 17''

Weed Killer takes as a starting point the artist and writer Catherine Lord’s memoir 'The Summer of Her Baldness' (2004) – a moving and often irreverent account of her diagnosis, treatment, and transformation through her experience of breast cancer. At the heart of Staff’s film is a monologue, adapted from Lord’s text, in which an actress reflects on the chemically-induced devastation of chemotherapy. This monologue is intertwined with comparatively otherworldly sequences, including choreographic gestures shot with thermal imaging, evoking the ways in which the impact of illness extends beyond the visible. Weed Killer draws into focus the intersection of queer identity, cross-generational dialogue, illness, and the fine line between alternately poisonous and curative substances.

The film was commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The video was produced by Spike Film and Video.

  • Patrick Staff received their BA in Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Studies from Goldsmiths University of London in 2009. Staff’s work has been exhibited at the Serpentine Galleries, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, amongst other venues.