often my projects take on the issue of ‘wearables’ both as a performative act, and also to comment on the use of animals and their bodies in the fashion industry.
post Selvedge – boobscapes & wearables … getting ready to do some new works!
Top left: boobscape wearable for a performance at Psi2016 fleshy encounters
Top right: fleshlump neck-piece, made for Selvedge as part of Melbourne Fashion Festival, 2017
Bottom left: boobscape 3 casts each made in the shape of the leather symbol for Selvedge
Bottom right: experiments with textures for work on bio-fabricated fabrics for the work bloodlines
fleshlump (wearable rosary) in Selvedge, March 2017 at Space@Collins
My new work is focusing on the relationships between the dairy industry (boobscape), the collection of ‘co-products’ such as foetal-bovine serum, placental tissues, slink leather from foetal bodies (slink), the demand of these foetal tissue and blood products in cellular technology in particular in-vitro meat and bio-fabricated leather. Using my pre-existing sculptures, and new forms, I will trace the connections between these industries, as well as continue my focus on the broader environmental impact of the dairy industry, in particular the leaching of excess nutrients into the waterways/water table.
Just started work on re-purposing some existing sculptures. Using the skins from boobscape – inverting breasts and teats, to create some small wall sculptures for the Vulva Project, curated by artist Rebeka Axon. It’s an interesting process, and very much a homage to those feminist precursors – it’s been almost 30 years since I first started teaching visual art / art history – and I remember the difficulties (pre-internet) of finding and incorporating the ‘cunt art’ of the 1970s such as the amazing Hannah Wilke’s – S.O.S. – Starification Object Series. 1974-82, and of course Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party.
Using the skins from these works, for me, brings the material meanings of slink and boobscape into this work, and further entangles those maternal material bodies.
I was delighted this week to be invited to speak at the Animaladies II conference later in the year! Very excited about the line up of speakers. Also – they have used a detail of boobscape for the poster.
Delighted that this image of my sculptural installation boobscape (2016-18) has been selected for the front cover of the forthcoming (Dec 18) book animaladies, Bloomsbury Press, 2018. I also have an essay featured in the collection ‘making and unmaking mammalian bodies’.
Unpacking the works from the SPOM exhibition, which arrived back this week. The pieces are flattened, but will drop out with a bit of hanging on the studio wall. Added in some of the new milk pods, just because … why not.