Monday, December 2, 2013

Laura Weixelbaum (158)

-Hoc est signum Corpus Meum/ (This is my body) / Paper, Acrylics 100cmx 70 cm (3 pieces)-
A triptichon from my uncovered body, without skin and hair.

-Outlet of Body Trash / Wood, oil, Acrylics, tempera, 150 cm x 100 cm- 
Heads are looking for their body, the bodies lay like trash, what can be disposed of.

-Female Chains Triptichon / Photo - 
 From the "I hate my body" series. Chains are tying my body down, saying 'be a good girl and shut up'.

-Suburban/ wood, oil, acrylics, tempera, 150cm x 100 cm-
How persons try to bear roles imposed by society.

-Vulnerability / wood, mixed technique, 100 cm x 70 cm-
Even I'm a dominatrix, I'm still vulnerable and tied.

Laura Weixelbaum's music:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Janelle Fine (157)

-"Girl 1," "Girl 2," and "Girl 3"-

Iulia Morcov (156)

Iulia writes:

I believe in the fact that our body is the reflection of our soul. I believe the soul knows everything long before the mind can figure some small thing by itself. I also believe that in the approach of the body there is always a spiritual implication of some sort. The happiness, the losses, the relation with ourselves and with others, the memories we have, the marvellous events of life, the fears, the abuses, the bruises, these are the things our body is made of. So in my works I'm trying to grasp this connection between the decline of the physical (an injury of the flesh for instance) and what is hidden inside our soul such as a deeper psychical wound...

Iulia Morcov on blogger,Iulia Morcov on wordpress

Elif Sezen (155)

-from the series 'drawings of the nocturnal', pen on paper- 

Her body is a forgotten temple
tinkling with silence every hour
of the day

every century she remembers 
herself in a different body 

every night she inhales the molecules
of brown dwarfs —idle failed stars

yes…when the night decides to fall
only then

she remembers… 

©Elif Sezen

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sofía Santaclara (154)

Sofía writes:

Las Lepidópteras son mi colección privada de mariposas, soy coleccionista desde niña, adoro atesorar objetos, clasificarlos y catalogarlos, obsesiva y compulsivamente. Surgen estas, por una necesidad de ensalzar y conservar el cuerpo de la mujer, un conjuro que detenga el tiempo, también como un canto a la singularidad de cada una. En esa incesante búsqueda mía de ruptura del caos, oso bautizarlas, dotándolas de mayor personalidad si cabe, utilizando nombres reales de manual de entomología, todos ellos de mariposas de la península ibérica de singular belleza y sumamente evocadores.  

The Lepidoptera are my private collection of butterflies, I am a collector since childhood, I love to treasure objects, classify and catalog, completely obsessive and compulsive. These come out of a need to praise and preserve the body of the woman, to cast a spell that stops time, to hymn the uniqueness of each shape. In my relentless attempting to break chaos I venture to baptize them, endowing them with more personality if possible, using names from an entomology manual, names of butterflies of the Iberian peninsula of unique and most evocative beauty. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fotini Hamidieli (153)

-the body-

-over my shoulder-


Fotini writes: 

I will be undergoing a hysterectomy for benign tumors, inomyomata they are called.
I have been trying to rationalize the fear and one of the first things that I had to swallow was the violation of my skin, my belly which is flawless now, as flawless the belly of a 56 year old woman can be but still unscarred. And then it is the tearing away of organs which have been so vital to my being a mother.
My mind is kind of numb at the moment and I can't write or explain any better what is happening to me. In my mind's eye I keep seeing images of my uterus as it appeared in the magnetic tomography and the bulbs, pods and seeds which appear in my drawings are an attempt to illustrate my womb.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Annegret Soltau (152)

"My most important aim is to include bodily processes in my work and to use myself as a model – because I can go the furthest with myself." ~Annegret Soltau

 -TOCHTER mit Urgroßmutter, 
DAUGHTER with great grandmother,
 front and back, photo restitchings
from the series generative 1992-2005

 Annegret adds:

In these pictures I unite four generations of the female line of my family, who represent a female chain. I began with my daughter and ended with her great-grandmother. As a contrast to the patriarchal system of inheritance, I wanted to show the matrilineal connection and the interaction between the generations: the young girl already has the old body, and the old woman still has the young body inside her. The aim is to ensure that this painful process remains visible.

-schwanger, pregnant, photo etchings-

Annegret adds:

“I knew that what I wanted to do had to be done right then. I experienced my pregnancies as a return to my body”

My pregnancies in 1978 and 1980 became an important theme for me. This personal experience yielded pictures in which I once again used myself as a model, this time myself in the process of being pregnant. The fear that my role as a mother could jeopardize my life as an artist inspired me to create a great many photos and videos. At this point I was preoccupied with the question of how women combine creativity and motherhood. 


Mutter, Tochter; Mother, Daughter; 2001

Annegret Soltau 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Elissa Farrow-Savos (151)

-her old self was badly damaged, but she had outgrown it anyway-

-she felt so wrapped up in other people's expectations-

-the girl inside her would always find a way out-

Elissa writes: 

When creating a piece, my intent is to suggest a story. The combination of the sculptural work, the integrated found object, and the actual title itself, allow for a jumping-off point that leads the viewer into a narrative that is open-ended and subject to interpretation. The stories are about women’s inner worlds revealed – how women really feel about their most hidden selves, the things they are not supposed to talk about and perhaps not supposed to feel, about their bodies, their families, their experiences, and their life’s choices. The actual pieces are a process all my own - first pushing the polymer clay past its intended size and boundaries, then incorporating found objects, and finally painting with layers of oils. All parts share importance, but the actual objects – rusty metal and weathered wood, decaying bones and empty boxes, scraps of fabric and bits of paper - this abandoned debris connects the sculptural world I have created to the actual world of the viewer. They are a bridge from my imagination to theirs, and although the story I meant to tell may differ from what the viewer ultimately takes away, what is most important is that we have shared the tale. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Catherine Worthley (150)

-The Failed Act-

Catherine adds this piece she wrote 7 years ago:

I almost died.
I was alone and depressed with no one around.
No one would hear the shot. I was unemployed, no one would miss me at work. My landlord wouldn't even miss me until the rent was at least two months over due. I was a cop, he trusted me. He never knew I turned in my badge under a cloud of shame.
He would never know my pain. No one would smell me as I rotted. No one was there. No one cared.
I almost died. I don't remember what set me off, what made me load my gun. I loved that gun. It was different from the other cops guns. More stylish. More friendly looking. More powerful. The other cops joked about it. They always kidded me. I know they respected me. I was different. Kinder. More compassionate. My car smelled like lost dogs, confused old ladies and the cookies that they gave me. Their cars smelled like mace snuff and sweat. They liked me because I was different but they never knew why. Why I was always there when someone called, why I never complained when woke up from a sound sleep. Why I never raised my voice needlessly. Why when I did people listened.
I almost died. I loaded it with some really good ammo. The kind regular people aren't supposed to have. The hard hollow pointed ones only cops could get. There would be no second chance. There would be no turning back when I pulled that warm friendly trigger of my protector one last time. I said goodbye to all my friends. The ones who abandoned me. The ones who said they would stand by me but were not there. I said goodbye to my family who I could never talk to comfortably because of my ghosts. I said goodbye to my boys who would never understand why I had to go. Why I had never really been there.
I almost died. I remember I cried. I cried like I had never cried before, I had been crying a lot but this was different. My vision went to black and white. I apologized to my Mother. I apologized for breaking the promise I made to her on that Christmas day when my sister died. I told her that all the rest of her children would out live her. She knew I spoke the truth. She remembers the times I would tell her things as a kid that would come true. She knew I was different. She knew. My hearing was gone, my head buzzed with what I was about to do. It wasn't me controlling my body anymore. I was committed. I was finished. I had nothing to live for. No friends. No family. No career. No hope.
I almost died. I don't remember what room I was in at my rented home. Not to many miles from the big old rambling house I had started to restore. Not to far from the loving spouse who I would do anything for that rejected me. Not far from the friends, job, dreams and life that had been dashed from my hands like a cat dashes the very song out of the bird it stalks. Not far from the life I ruined.
I almost died. And then I heard a laugh. Not a human laugh. Not a friend, relative, co-worked, or stranger. I was on the verge of death and someone laughed.
I almost died and someone laughed. People made fun of me for a lot of reasons. People made fun of my phobias. People made fun of my cloths. People made fun of my dreams and people made fun of my pet. I didn't own a dog. I didn't own a cat. I had one pet the entirety of my adult life and it was a bird. Not a parrot. Not a grand white cocktail. It didn't talk. It didn't do tricks. It didn't even sit on my shoulder when I wanted it to. It was a dove. A stupid, little, dirty white dove. And it laughed. I wanted to go. I wanted to die. I wanted the pain to stop and I wanted it now. But that bird laughed. Who the hell is going to feed that stupid creature now if I blow my brains out. Oh for Christ's sake she's so stupid she'll sit there and look at my dumb, overweight, stinking dead body waiting for me to feed her until she starves to death. Why I ought to pull two rounds off with this 45 and make the first one the birds for interrupting me. Because
Then slowly like a creeping fog dissipating I started to realize what I was doing. I was staring at the end of my gun. Intending to end my life. My life. My life. For what? For what? Nothing is worth this. Nothing! Life may suck but it beats the alternative. Oh my God. I almost died. I almost died. So now what. I am still here. I am still breathing. I am not oozing out all over some cheap rented carpet. What do I do? What do I do? I am all alone there is no one to call. There is no place to go. Oh God. I almost died. Oh my God.
I almost died.
My vision is coming back. My hearing is working. That stupid bird was here a minuet ago. Where the hell is she? Probably off doing one of the few activities she seems to enjoy. Crapping some place where I will step on it in the middle of the night. Oh my God. I almost died. Unload the gun. Unload the gun. Jesus you made it this far don't get killed unloading the gun. Put it away for tonight. Sell it tomorrow. That was way to close. Get a drink. Get a whole lot of drinks until you fall asleep. Drink until the sun comes up but first just unload the gun. You proved to yourself that you COULD do it. Now unload the gun. Put it in its case. Shut the lid. You never have to look at it again. It will be gone by tomorrow afternoon with a few phone calls. Put it by the door. It is not yours anymore. Now drink. Drink until you are stupid. Drink until you are sick. Drink until you pass out. Drunk, stupid, crying, unemployed, hopeless and alone but alive. Just make it until the sun comes up and then you can figure out what do to.
Oh my God, oh my God, oh my GOD!! I almost died.
I don't know if I slept. I doubt if I dreamed. I doubt it because I don't think the dead have dreams. I know I was never happier to see the sun. But it was different. I had made peace with everyone because I was going to die. I came to terms with my screw ups because I was going to die. I accepted my mistakes and my bad choices because I was going to die. I cleaned my slate because I wouldn't go until I did. But I didn't go. I didn't die. The sun is up and now it doesn't matter. Now it doesn't constantly eat at me how my life turned to crap. Now it doesn't matter that the people I loved the most rejected me. It doesn't matter because.
I almost died. The bird is calmly sitting on the part of the couch where I rest my head when I watch TV among several little green puddles. I will clean those up some time before the news. My prize Sig Saur is sitting beside the door in it's travel case with a little bag of ammo beside it calmly waiting to take the ride into town. I don't even open the case for one last look at its two tone finish before I put it in the Jeep. Someone will adore owning this gem. I am done with it. I am done with pain. I am done with destitution. I am done with depression. I am done with what might have been because,
I almost died. So what now. Gone is the life I was so desperately holding on to. Gone is the familiar. Gone is the comfortable. Gone is the proven. All that's left is me. Me without the expectations of friends. Me without needing to keep up appearances for the sake of keeping a marriage together. Me without a reason anymore to lie about who I am. Me without anything to loose because it was all taken away by people I trusted. People I believed in when I didn't believe in myself. Emotionally I am stripped down to the bare minimum. Finally there is nothing to loose by being me. There is no reason to go on living the lie. Mother always said that lies have a way of catching up with you. My God, that is what happened. I am shaking. I am confused and scared as I walk out the door on the first day of my new life. I am scared but confident that I will never live that night over as long as I live. I am shaking and have a tear in my eye as I turn the door knob to leave. Finally confident that I know what needs to be done. What always needed to be done but until now had been out of my reach. Out of my reach because I was afraid to stretch my arms to their fullest until my balance was in jeopardy and my own personal safety was at risk. I stepped out into the crisp mountain air on the first day of my new life and as I did the bird laughed.
I almost died but I didn't.
Or did I?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Marta Ivanova (149)

 -From 'The Week,' 2011-


-Stills from the video 'The Body is a Battleground,' 2012-
(click link for video)

 Marta writes:

As a photography and media artist, I am mainly interested in women‘s themes and their bodily expression. I explore the female body as a battle field, as in 'The Body is a Battleground, 2012,' I'm considering female identity questions and gender problems. I am trying to install a creative link to the view of woman as a 'spot,' a 'masquerade master'; woman as residue, as object being scanned by the male gaze. For instance in 'The Week, 2011,' I work with such references/terms as 'masquerade,' and 'object of desire.' The scanning process used to create the images, I identify with the male gaze. But also, sexual fetishism is made visible through a strange sexual satisfaction while scanning myself daily. By using video and photographic media in my work, I create a 'thin' intermediate layer between tenderness and violence, between concealing and unveiling, between HIM and HER. 

Marta Ivanova yra fotografijos ir medijų menininkė, labiausiai besidominti moters tematika bei jos kūno išraiškos būdais. Moters kūną ji nagrinėja kaip mūšio lauką, atlasą.Marta siekia pastumti žiūrovui kūrybišką nuorodą į moterį kaip “dėmę”; „maskarado meistrę“; moterį - „liekaną“ ; vyro - skenerio objektą; įkūno išnarą; moterį kaip miegamąjį. Pasitelkdama video ir fotografijos priemones ji kuria “plonas” tarpines situacijas tarp švelnumo ir prievartos, tarp įrankio ir įkalčio, tarp užuomazgos ir atmozagos, tarp makiažo ir mėlynės, tarp Lolitos ir lėlytės, vienkrūtės medžiotojos ir mėnulio moters, tarp dangstymosi ir atsidengimo, tarp Jo ir Jos. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Eyelen Giacobbe (148)


Eyelen writes:

My body is fading away over time and a new one is exposed, mutates over the years, never the same. Through self-portraits i became aware of this mutation.

My Life
The whole night
How much I still have?
So ephemeral!


Monday, July 30, 2012

Elizabeth Cassidy (147)

Elizabeth writes:

These are 3 drawings I did of the female form. Someone had commented that my art looked like a vagina and at first I was a little stunned – was I really doing that? But then I realized that it is perfectly fine for me to show the parts of the women’s body that are beautiful. From that one email, I did a series of drawings in pastels or oil pastels. Two are of the body and I like how strong they looked – strong, powerful thighs that are holding us up. And then I am attaching the drawing of the vagina that I did for the woman who first noticed that my drawings were paying tribute to women.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Kumi Yamashita (146)

 (2011 H40, W30, D3cm Wood panel, brads, single sewing thread)

Light & Shadow: City View
(2003 H250, W500, D5cm Aluminum numbers, single light source, shadow Commissioned by Namba Parks Tower, Osaka Japan)

Light & Shadow: Akari
(2009 H90, W90, D15cm (Mother) H45, W45, D11cm (Child) Sculpted wood, single light source, shadow Perfe Takiyama Maternity Clinic, Tokyo, Japan) 

Kumi Yamashita says:

"I am drawn to using the human form in my work because it's a subject matter of which we are all a part and which I find endlessly fascinating and mysterious."

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Elaine Summers (145)

-Dance for Carola, 1962-

"Elaine Summers has two identities: a respected choreographer coming out of the Judson Dance Theater and a highly influential teacher of Kinetic Awareness, a system permitting an extraordinary range of movement that has been studied by many people in the performing arts" 
 (Ann-Sargent Wooster The Drama Review DANCE/MOVEMENT ISSUE VOL 24 #4)

Elaine Summers describes  in her article "Bio-kinetic Tension:Loving tension, because with out tension there is no movement; without movement there is no life," how she cares for 'her' tension and how dancers should care for theirs:

Loving My Tension: Or How To Care For Your Tension I love my tension so I give it lots of Vitamin B, especially B 12 and Folic Acid. I listen for proprioceptive signals to balance calcium and protein for the energy to flow through my muscles and be able to confidently release and give me the most movement for the least tension. I ought to treat my adrenaline system better but I do love that one cup of coffee. I give it lots of chances to be intense, fast, stretch, contract, expand, articulate, extend, release, relax, collapse and respond. It is always greedy for movement so my tension loves to dance, swim, wiggle & squiggle. We need to move every muscle, every joint often without pain, as a way to stay healthy. As a choreographer I want dancers to understand and experience the full scale of all the elements of their tension. Dancers need safety through alignment and flexibility and an understanding of their own bodies. They need to explore and experience the totality and the edges of their own dance. I love a dancers' vocabulary to include the intelligent development of high extensions, long extensions, responsiveness in improvisation, endurance, daring, leaps, falls and to have experiential confidence in the pre-thought swiftness of their reflexes. 

©Elaine Summers

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sheila Chandra (144)

Sheila writes in the "Weaving My Ancestors Voices" statement:

'The voice is the first and ultimate instrument – it is the one means of expression used by every culture. Although different instruments often have relationships with each other across the continents, they come in different forms, they are played differently... but the voice remains biologically the same across all people. The means by which it is used, the sounds different peoples choose to emulate, is fascinating. The voice is connected to your blood supply! Because of this biological relationship, it is always going to be closer to your instinct, your soul and your emotion – rather than your intellect. The spirit of my ancestors is more accessible to me via the voice – it links into all cultures throughout time. 

I was born and brought up in England by my Indian family, and growing up I felt a great gap – an absence of roots and a context in which to place myself. In England I was surrounded by cultural stereotypes and images of the 'English rose' and knew I was never going to be like that. I was always an obsessive singer and when my adult voice developed, it was in a low register. In most Western traditions it is felt a woman's voice needs to be high but, to my great relief, I discovered that in the Asian tradition it is quite acceptable for a woman to have either a high or low range. My vocal technique developed from there with an instinctive interest in ornamentation. I then found something which was 'home' – and for me music is home. That is where I express my intention most accurately. 

Sheila Chandra

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Esther Erlich (143)

-minor adjustments-

Esther writes:

"It's the upside of change that fires my ongoing obsession with the female form."