Artist Influences, Studio

Ana Mendieta

Mendieta changed the way Woman were presented as landscapes. Instead, the use of her body memorialized the connection of humans to the universe. Her art was a tool to connect to a spiritual eternity and to think time and history as factors of nature.

Her ‘Earth-body art’ acts as a dialogue between the landscape and the female body.

Her sustained use of the body’s simplified and often nude form to depict both presence and its opposite, absence is an essential component to her work whether denoting the human or the ethereal.

I am interested in Medieta in relation to her feminist stance (as well as her connection with land/nature) of her work on the fluidity of gender and the manipulation of her own body parts which blur the line between male/female identification.

I am focusing on the way Mendieta has used body absent art which in my opinion gets rid of the male gaze. Although she also creates art where her body is present but in disguise.

 

 

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Artist Influences, Studio

Amelia Jones

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The revision of the modernist subject by Schneemann who deployed her sexualised body in and as her work within the language of abstract expressionism but against the grain of its masculinist assumptions.

Schneeman’s motivation: “In 1963 to use my bodyy as an extension of my painting-constructions was to challenge and threaten the psychic territorial power lines by which woman were admitted to the Art Stud Club.”

-Not only does Schneemann clearly refuse the fetishising process, which requires that the woman not expose the fact that she is not lacking but possesses genitals (and they are nonmale), she also thus activates a mode of artistic production and reception that is dramatically intersubjective and opens up the masculinist, racist ideology of individualism shoring up modernist formalism.

Amelia Jones says that, ‘By exaggeratedly performing the sexual, gender, ethnic, or otherwise non normative body artists even more aggressively explodes the myths of disinterestedness and universality that authorise these conventional modes of evaluation.’

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Definitions of landscape

  1. All the visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal.
  2. Make (a garden or other area of ground) more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs.

These definitions of landscapes can be applied to how the female body has been presented and defined alongside these landscapes. They are also edited and represented as the perfect depiction to suit the male gaze.

Landscapes are usually owned and when characters are placed in these landscapes, they can portray the wealth of the people present. When nude woman are portrayed in these landscapes, as part of it, they can be seen as also owned and belonging to someone else.

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In contrast to my previous piece, I want to create a collage which camouflages the nude body into a landscape similar to the above. instead of revealing the features of the nude figure I will blur them into the landscape.

Artist Influences, Studio

Carolee Schneemann

I am interested in looking at Schneemans performance as a piece that similarly to abstract expressionsim, creates a landscape of emption. Schneemann has created her landscape using her body and in turn presenting her female body in the landscape. Although she is responding to the male dominance of modernism , she has also sexualised herself.

Artist Influences, Studio

Rene Magritte

Magritte’s use of misnaming objects and concealment in his practice manipulate the audience to read the image in a certain way and question what they are seeing. This technique may be helpful for my practice in my attempt to re-represent the female body in landscapes. I could perhaps use text similarly to Magritte but with alternate intention to present the female body as what it is or what it is not- which in my current case would  be ‘not a landscape.’