tentacles cast 1

Exciting day – first cast off the new 150cm mould.  I loved how the inverted cast looked like a mini-boobscape, it’s fantastic when the work has resonances with previous works.  The cast was easily demoulded with just a little split at the base, and at 150cm has quite a presence.  The texture is subtle and yet evocative.  Now time to start making more – it takes a minimum of a week to make a cast, and each will be individualised along the way.  Hoping to amass a large number of them to play around with install possibilities.

Animaladies Conference

The program is out, the book ‘animaladies’ is printed and ready to be launched at Animaladies II.  I’m really looking forward to speaking about the developments in my work – ‘bloodlines: tracing paths from bodies to biotechnologies’.

It’s an amazing line up and I’m really proud to be an invited speaker among these scholars.

http://www.uowblogs.com/asrn/animaladies-program/Animaladies poster

Works in progress: Vulva project

Top row left to right: meat flaps, wax, pigment, hoop.  hairy hoop latex, hair, hoop.  little hoop, latex and hoop.  hairy hoop II, latex, hair, hoop.  leaky hoop, latex, string, hoop.  battle of the cxxt (under my skin), newspaper clippings from 16/17 June 2018, latex

A number of small works made for the vulva project, curated by Rebeka Axon.  meat flaps is made from previous fleshlumps.  The latex vulvas are made from boobscape udder pieces.  battle of the cxxt (under my skin) was made in response to the recent rape and death in Melbourne, and the surrounding debates about women’s freedom of movement, men’s curfews etc.  The text was deliberately taken from other headlines from the weekends paper, with only one clipping referencing the actual incident.  It is a low tech cut and paste, embedded in a latex skin, as the latex ages and yellows the words will be obscured.

 

The Vulva Project

Invite.JPGContributors: 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.

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