The Vulva Project

Event FB 3Contributors: Rebeka Axon, lynn mowson, Rosa Voto Ustrale, Alessandra Barone, Fiona Haasz, Jessica Lovell, Kaitlyn Elsegood

This project brings together a group of woman who have stitched, sculptured, drawn, collected and shared stories of vulvas; stories which are personal, social, humorous, cultural, historical and deeply political.

The initial framework, so to speak, was the embroidery hoop; using any media the artists were to constrain their works to this object. The hoop functions as an homage to the ‘craft’ of feminist art practices, crafty women, sewing circles and female spaces. The hoop served to keep us centred, to circulate our thinking, as we met to laugh, drink, eat and discuss our feminist foremothers, contemporary body art, blogs, sites, words, language and performance.

As these discussions spiraled outwards the hoop has, for some, been discarded as a physical object, however it has remained our collaborative methodology.

Presented by the launching pad, 781 High Street, Thornbury.
Gallery open 30th June to 22nd July, Fri, Sat, Sun – 11.00am-4.00pm

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Diagrammatic wall sculptures

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.

milk, motherhood and mammaries

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.

Animal Intersections

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I’ll be presenting on the Art Panel at Animal Intersections #AASA2017, The University of Adelaide on Monday 3 July.  Also a new installation/iteration of my work boobscape, 2017 will be featured in the exhibition of the same name being held at The Peanut Gallery and Nexus Arts between 4-16 July, Adelaide.  More info coming soon.

museum of forgotten objects

Imaging a future where no one knows what these objects were for… did we provide them to birds in trouble?  where they in museums to demonstrate the type of egg produced by different birds?  why the dominance of chickens?  did rabbits and lions lay eggs?  Utopian dreams

Animals & Society Institute Residency

I have been accepted into the inaugural Animals & Society Institute Summer Program, hosted by the University of Illinois for the project speaking meat – following on from the work I produced with Bruce Mowson for ‘Why Listen to Animals?’ for Liquid Architecture, presented at Westspace in 2016.

speaking meat: the possibilities and issues of strategic anthropomorphism in creative practice

The project/problem I will be addressing in this institute is what are the possibilities and issues related to using ‘strategic anthropomorphism’ in creative practices? Does strategic anthropomorphism simply flatten out the alterity that ethical empathic engagements with non-human animals should illicit. This project aims to explore, investigate and play with the possibilities of strategic anthropomorphism in giving voice to animal bodies, and in particular the meaty remains of animal bodies. Anthropomorphism is viewed critically within the visual arts and often, if not always, elided with anthropocentrism, but has recently found support in a range of other disciplines from the animal sciences to literary studies.