Worked up some new textures for the second casting. Now starting to get a sense of the possible multitude of arms/tentacles. See my instagram for test images of the tentacles with disco fairy lights inside!
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.
Over the last hot week or so I’ve made up the large (150cm) and small (50cm) Plasticine moulds – now to start painting on the latex layers for the casts. Reading ‘The Case Against Octopus Farming’ and watching videos of people drying octopus in the sun … despite, or because of, the wonderful things I have been reading about octopuses – I have ended up looking at how we exploit, use and consume these wonderful animals.
Really love the design of this full cover – with boobscape wrapping around the spine. I’m very excited for this book to be launched at Animaladies II, University of Wollongong, in December 2018, where I’ll also be an invited speaker – talking about my propositional new artwork: ‘porous boundaries: mammalian motherhood, biotechnologies and other entanglements’ which will be published in the Animal Studies Journal later in the year (hopefully). This book features an amazing line up of writings by scholars, artists, creative writers etc. See: https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/animaladies-9781501342165/ for the table of contents.
Just finished up an article writing about my propositional large scale installation. One day I hope to install it – but it requires a lot of wall and ceiling space.
Abstract: This paper outlines my current sculptural research project in which the lives and deaths of dairy cows are entangled with multiple biotechnologies. My propositional sculptural installation brings together extant works such as fleshlumps, boobscape and slink, and new works, to represent the dairy industry, multi species nurturing, the environmental impacts of animal agriculture and the biotech innovations of in-vitro meat and bio-fabricated leather. These works are linked together by a web of interconnected fluids; urine, milk and blood. In this new work I hope to make the links between the diary industry and these extended concerns visible and visceral.
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’.