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.

 

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Work in progress – The Vulva Project

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.