In her earlier work Rucquoi examines divergent representations of self, focusing on the contrast between ideas of personal identity and public perceptions. She explores how we are shaped by these public reactions and influences. The ideas are presented through constructed masquerade and adornment. Feminine stereotypes are sliced through, unveiled and dolled up, their contradictions colluding with a pantomimic sense of theatre.
The costuming harks back to 17th century masquerade and its playful attitudes towards the self and theatricality. This is further emphasised by elaborate backdrops of the period.