Selvedge at Space@Collins has finished and it’s great to now have time to get back into the studio and make some new work – lots of ideas!
Finished up this new work – a boobscape in the format of the leather symbol – bringing the link between the slink series and boobscape closer together. An iteration of this piece will be shown at Selvedge as part of Melbourne Fashion Festival.
I had been considering incorporating the sea anemones floor pieces – however, I think I will leave it plain and threaded – as there is more research work to do incorporating the issue of agricultural pollution on waterways/water-creatures, and those strange little half plant, half animal carnivorous creatures (anemones).
And so off we went to the #VAMFF [Melbourne Fashion Festival] VIP preview … I made a small wearable sculptural object – a fleshlump necklace. Continuing my practice of re-purposing my sculptures, each time layering the subject of one onto the next – these lumps were made from off cuts from the Why Listen to Animals? speaking fleshlumps, which were in turn made from the full human-animal figure from beautiful little dead things. They were strung on a latex ‘milk’ string from boobscape (udder matters).
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).
Utilising these hot days to get some Plasticine mouldmaking work done – possibly for a new wall work for Selvedge [Melbourne Fashion Festival ‘VAMFF’] – using the leather symbol as the outline, the work extends the slink and boobscape series. While these seem to be mostly human-animal breasts, they push the boundaries between the human and non-human breast, some are small and young – a nod to the age of farmed animals when forced breeding commences, they are multiple and pressed together, they droop and extend.
I’ve been curated into an exhibition ‘Selvedge’ as part of Melbourne Fashion Festival next year. Looking forward to working with 3 other artists on this project which will emerge in March 2017. More news as the project shapes up soon. Selvage @ VAMFF