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.
Featured in this great article in Art Guide on the rise of animal-centric art in Australia by artist/writer/curator Maddi Boyd – http://artguide.com.au/art-plus/dont-put-bird-rise-rise-animal-centric-art-australia
clusters of boob-anemones below the boobscape [I plan to link the milk strands] – creates a link between my work on dairy cows & horrors of the agricultural industry and other work on the impacts of agricultural waste/run off on the oceans … and of course many other connections and meanderings … [they are meat eating animals, etc … etc…]
Check out this ‘boobscape’ the sea anemone – cribrinospsis olegi: (mine is a little less pretty, a little more bleached out and dried skin!)
Photo credit: Dr. Nadya Sanamyan, Russia: specimens from Kamchatka, NW Pacific
– and this fantastic shot of anemones at low tide Photography: A Davey https://www.flickr.com/…/adavey/3608367639/in/photostream/
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.