Selvedge – boobscape

The new boobscape has finally finished – cast no.1 fairly simply with hanging rings for Selvedge #VAMFF, in March 2017.  I will take some better photos when the sun comes out!  In this work the boobscape has been laid out on the leather symbol and brings together the slink & boobscape series (slink: a type of luxury leather mostly taken from fetal calves).  This boobscape makes the connection between the gendered exploitation of non-human animal bodies and the production of leather materials.

Below:  photos just after pulling the cast off the mold. I love the rich colours of the reverse where latex meets plasticine – it would be great if it stayed so lush, the reverse of casts are always fascinating – this one reminds me of the sandstone rock formations around Sydney and fossils.  When I laid it out on the table to powder it and pick of bits of non-skin –  it felt like I was treating/tanning an animal skin, as the size and scale is like the whole tanned skin of a calf (the leather symbol coming from the simplification of the tanned skin of a large mammal).

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