Kitchen Queens is a bank of long-form samples featuring the voices of women chefs I sourced from British cookery programmes televised during the 1970s and early 1980s. The work of each of these women predates the notion of food preparation as aestheticized leisure activity. They each present an informative, didactic cook-along: this is domestic labour not lifestyle cookery.
Due to the nature of my playing style and the machine I use to integrate sampled material into my sets, I can never be sure which Kitchen Queen will appear, or what she’ll be instructing me to make.
Kitchen Queens appear sporadically during live improvisations in 2019 and 2020. Extracts were committed to digital memory, notably at the close of TR-33N’s New Year’s Eve Das Booty liveset, 52 minutes onwards.
As a mother of two, I have spent my fair share of time at home performing domestic labour. I took the opportunity to reference that in my pratice, influenced by artists such as Bobby Baker and Martha Rosler, when I performed live to an audience from behind my own kitchen counter [pictured above] for Graham Dunning’s NoiseQuest livestream series in April 2020.