A Lot Like Love

2012,  16’22″
Shot digitally on a Nikon D90 – 16:9
Première at LOOP 2013


Whoever you are. I’m sure you’ve been where I am. The last year of my life has been a mix of feeling either angry, depressed, humiliated, mildly hopeful, delusional, sleep deprived and/or hung over. For months I would turn the radio on and sob uncontrollably. I spent my evenings watching The Break-Up and High Fidelity over and over again just so I could remind myself that Vince Vaughn and John Cusack went through it too. So, who is my Brook Meyers? My Laura? My Diane Court? Her name is Amanda Ireton. That’s who brought me here this time. There are others but she is by far the greatest of all my break-ups. My true masterpiece. My silver bullet. My epic fail. I gave this one a ring. Actually I gave her three.

WTF is this all about? Well, I’ve taken the liberty of curating as many fucked up break up scenes I could think of. I found those closely relating to my experience as well as finding experiences I wish I had or still hope to have. Then there are the ones that are a direct result of getting dumped and thrown back into the dating pool. Ultimately, this project involves a curated selection of break up performances culled from male characters in Hollywood movies. Throughout the course of this project I assume these identities while taking the opportunity to adapt or insert names from my own life into these stories. Through a dissection of these popular performances I intend to propose alternate, exploratory, and more permissive understandings of sexuality, gender, love and loss.

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Joy Scopa

Joy Scopa was Born in Boston, MA to a bricklayer and terminally ill mother who used art as a way to heal. Utilizing appropriation, comedy and the tropes of entertainment her work dissects popular performances to propose alternate, exploratory, and more permissive understandings of sexuality, gender, love and loss. Earning her Bachelor of Arts at Fordham University in New York. Joy went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. She recently completed a four-month fellowship at Karlsruhe University of Arts & Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.