Pipilotti Rist was born in Grabs in the Swiss Rhine
valley in 1962. She studied commercial art, illustration and photography at the
Institute of Applied Arts in Vienna from 1982-86, before attending the School
of Design in Basel to focus on audio visual communications. She lives and
works in Zurich, in the mountains and in Los Angeles Her favorite number is 54.
She is against taboos and stereotypes with emotion and humour. Her work
explores female sexuality and media culture as she merges visions of fantasy
with everyday life.
In I’m Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986) Rist dances before a camera in a black dress with
uncovered breasts. The images are often monochromatic and fuzzy. Rists
repeatedly sings “I’m not the girl who misses much,” a reference to
the first line of the song “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” by the Beatles.
As the video approaches its end, the image becomes increasingly blue and fuzzy
and the sound stops.