Spring Assessment 2017, Studio

photocopied body parts

Using inspiration from Yves Klein and Katie Ferris, I wanted to similarly create a print of the body including its more private parts. Using my thoughts for the project of technology allowing females to take control over their bodies and the typically male led projection of their bodies, I have attempted to show how technology (in this case, photocopier) has given everyone the power to print/scan their own bodies. Yves Klein’s blue body painting art is at the opposite spectrum of this- he used females as a sexual object performance in which the male gaze was at full flow; here i have diminished the male completely with the process being only female create and led.

 

Artist Influences, Studio

Kirsten Justesen

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“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…”

Artist Influences, Studio

Jeppe Hein- Mirror Wall (Saatchi Gallery)

 

heinAt 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.’

Artist Influences, Studio

Molly Soda

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.

 

Spring Assessment 2017, Studio

Charcoal drawings

Sketches from photographs taken using charcoal. Once I had finished each drawing I wanted to manipulate the image in order to alter its appearance similarly to a blurred reflection. I created this effect by smudging the charcoal in opposite directions using my hand or a cloth. The cloth took more of the charcoal off the page leaving a more faint image in comparison to the one smudged with just my hand. This effect helps to enhance the notion of the gaze being unclear and not totally visible.

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Artist Influences, Studio

John Berger: Ways of Seeing

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.