Evans’s and Lyn-Kee-Chow’s practices have been on the rise since their The Artist is Present sittings, and both artists have brought renewed attention to the value of reperformance and long durational performance for a different generation. Evans notably has several long durational pieces that she has reperformed over the years, including the two-hour-plus jumping-jack performance in heels, Stay With Me (2014–17), and Girl, I’ll Drink Your Bathwater (2015–present).
In the latter piece, Evans confronts the alienation femme bodies experience as both an object of desire and a subject. The expression is taken from her experiences in the club where men would express to her, “Girl you’re so fine, I’d drink your bathwater.” Evans reflects upon this expression by literally drinking dishwater, in an effort to purify her body for others. There is great discomfort watching Evans squeeze a third or even half a bottle of dish soap into a bucket of water. She gulps the sudsy liquid over the span of two hours while providing clean water in champagne glasses to her audiences. We ponder: When will it come back up?