Mulvey founded the term and theory of the ‘male-gaze’ which is the way in which woman are depicted as objects of male pleasure in the visual arts and literature. In my work I want to explore the development and changes the male gaze has taken in art and photography since the renaissance; questioning whether our society has managed to overcome such male domination and sexism. Technology and social media will be a focal point for this investigation, in how it is being using in female favour.
Saville paints large scale images of the female body looking at how bodies can be changed. The women she paints are not what we are used to seeing in magazines and social media. They do not look like the usual paintings of idealised women that has been painted by a man who have dominated the nude in art history.
“It started with the cardboard box in 1968, Skulptur II. Basically, a sculpture is a plinth with a form on top — and it’s often a naked woman up there. My Skulptur II is a cardboard box with a black-and-white photograph of me inside. So it’s identical with the basic sculpture: the cardboard box is a plinth you can walk round, and there’s a woman in it without any clothes on. And what is more, it’s the artist who has entered into her own work. It can be folded up and it’s easy to transport. It is nothing less than the ideal sculpture…”
At first the mirror appears to be a straightforward mirror but it begins to move slightly when approached. Viewing your vibrating reflection and the accompanying distorted backdrop of the gallery space creates a sense of dizziness and a feeling of separation from the familiar. It prompts us to consider our spatial awareness and our relationship with what we see and where we are. Hein’s perceptual magic tricks are his way of getting the audience to engage with the art. His work can only be experienced through participation and expands our notion of what art is or could be. ‘For me, the concept of sculpture is closely linked with communication… By challenging the physical attention of the viewer, an active dialogue between artwork, surrounding and other visitors is established that lends the sculpture a social quality.’
‘Anthropometries’ by Klein exposes the female body as subjects in his performance. The work seems extremely sexualized and male-dominated. In response to this, i want to involve real life prints/scans of women’s naked body that has been created personally with no interference from an audience or man.
Molly Soda is an internet celebrity, from Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with thousands of followers. She posts selfies and videos of make-up tutorials like many other internet personality influencers, however she is not doing it for the normal celebrity reasons or to try to get brand endorsements – she’s living her life online as a work of art. She alters the norm of digital life. She
posts nudes exposing her hairy armpits, and her make-up tutorials end up making her look like a clown. She is pushing the stereotypes of social media until they become a kind of lived-in performance.
Parts of Ways of Seeing that I have taken interest in is the historical objectification of women by men and the way the portrayal of a women’s body in art (painting and photographs) has changed over time from the Renaissance onwards.
In my work I have attempted to created a physical metaphor of Berger’s thoughts that Men look at women, while women watch themselves being looked at. I have done this by placing the mirror in front of the image of the nude-selfie.