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We had a meeting last week to discuss as a group, what we are planning to do for our Interim exhibition which is coming up in February. (15th-19th February 2021). See initial notes below.

 

A lot has been organised already within the last week. We have decided to each chose a room in house to work in/display our work in. Like a dolls house, we think it will also reflect our current situation, being art students stuck at home having to work in unusual environments which aren’t at all like our studios at uni. I have chosen the kitchen – it’s the domestic space of the house, and is where women were/is tied too due to their gender.

I have trialed different imagery within the projection but feel the breast projection works best as I feel the bodies confuse the aspect of the photography, the sculptures of the breast as well as the environment of the kitchen. See below.

 

These are some images I have been working with in projection, see below. As I have said in a previous blog, the breasts sculptures hadn’t been working as well within my practice as I was struggling to create effective work with them for what I want to explore – body image and the gaze.

NOTE: Good reflection – this exhibition allowed me to see that my work wasn’t as successful for the rest of my practice. It’s allowed me to adapt a space and reach a goal with a certain path in mind that wasn’t working as well for my practice. I have tried to work in kitchen before in recent works, but it wasn’t as successful however, here, the projection and clay breasts work well with the style of filming/theme we are all doing/following. Refreshing to learn how to adapt and change my work for an exhibition and when working with a group. Especially as the breasts represent women and with how I want to showcase the kitchen space by using the setting to my advantage.

The physical setting of the kitchen works well with the connotations of women’s domestic roles.

But what I do like is moving projection (of Up Close) over the breasts, see film. – This is something I will continue to explore coming up to the exhibition. It changes the environment further.

Projection experimentation for exhibition

 

Linder Sterling’s collages pieces were a large inspiration for this. She combines the female body with the domestic appliances to explore how they become one through the eyes of the male gaze and due to gender roles. I liked this aspect to her work, instead of the body being the environment the appliance is placed on, I have created this the opposite way round. See below, Untitled. Suggesting the objectification that is present within the kitchen for women, the physicality fo the clay breasts looking like ‘desirable sweets’ – was a comment from a group crit about the breasts back in October.

Reflection 26/01/21: This is a point I am currently using more and more within my experimentation e.g. placing the breasts on the island in front of the oven/projection as though exploring the idea women are food to eat. – Consumption of society.

Linder works with “continuous provocation, the denunciation of a world that confines human beings in absurd categories and that still isn’t exactly a fair fight.” (Pacciardi, 2018) especially in response to the way women are bound to the confines of the kitchen. And, imagery that is known from the males POV, pornography suggesting this objectification is all women are used for – food and sex!

 

These works of collages inspired me as there’s this over lapping of imagery present within my piece for the exhibition. Martha Roslers collage series inspired, especially Hot Meat, see below. This is my favourite works of hers. Similar to me, she places the body on top of the kitchen appliance and only the intimate areas, suggesting there’s this depersonalisation that comes with sexual objectification of the women. – This depersonalisation is how I have approached the display for this exhibition too. Looking at how women, like on the cinema screen, are used for their “to-be-looked-at-ness” (Mulvey, 1973, p116) and most of the time it is for their body they are viewed for. Rosler has spotted this and used it against the ways women are used for the kitchen as well.

Roslers film Semiotics in the Kitchen is also a piece I have thoroughly researched and seems to be somewhat relevant here, the physical setting of the space. Instead of using collage/photoshop for my images, I have decided to change the environment of the space for the breasts and shown the physical change and adaption of these breasts, as well as my art practice and experience of my degree.

 

Alongside the practicality of the sculptures, Womanhouse was another piece of art work that inspired me to work this way. The installation of this piece was amazing to see the sculptures being displayed across kitchen walls and ceilings etc as well as the gradual development of eggs to breasts. Eggs to Breasts inspired me to use my projection in a productive way, exploring the imagery that there is more breasts present than there is. Displaying them up the sides of the walls surrounding the oven even though they’re not. Alongside this use, the colour and vibrancy of the projector gave the breasts life and depth to hob of the oven as well as each of them.

 

Pipilotti Risk’s installation piece, Pixel Forest, is a piece I have recently research. It’s presences in my work suggests the use of transforming the space into not just a kitchen. The work space, see below, feels like a mini installation as its boxed off due to the sizing and the oven. It becomes a very impactful small space and doing it at night worked best as the darkness around the projection allowed you to zones into it.

 

As for poster ideas, Elgin has created a final poster which we will use for the exhibition along with our title and logo for the event. We all critiqued some posters that were made by my self, Kieran and Michaela however we decided Elgin’s would work best for the exhibition. We continued the path of a doll house theme but kept it simple. See the poster and logo below. Our title for out exhibition is CONGRUOUS. Congruous means ‘in agreement or harmony’ which sums up our class. We all work to the confines of our home/room due to the same situation of COVID.

For the online exhibition we have decided to do a day take over for each of us to control the Art Station’s Instagram account and connect to the viewers by showing some behind the scenes action of us propping/making/painting and creating these pieces for this exhibition, artists work that has inspired us and/or a little note about us and what we have made for the exhibition. As there is 5 of u sit works perfectly for each day of the week.

An idea I had, was for all of us individually to add our images to a poster in the same style as our main one. One we could use for ourselves when we use the social media platforms to display our development for the exhibition etc. It’ll easily show the audience who is taking over that particular day. All a work in progress currently. See my individual poster below.

 

I’ve been given the role to film/edit the material for the video of the exhibition. Though about each having a film for the contact of door to room and then to artwork. This is something I can’t work on yet until everyone has sent their films of the space over yet. These are currently the films I have of the space so we could get a feel for what the walk way would entail.

Exhibition experimentation – breasts/oven

Exhibition experimentation – breasts/oven 2

This is all still a work in progress. Very exciting!


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