Body of Boobs, A Note About the Artwork
The following artwork was a total experiment that I so loved doing I wanted to tell you a bit more about it. I wanted to do something a little different, a little “wild”. We all are inhabiting our bodies and unfortunately most people are unhappy with one aspect or another. The following work is a kind of intimate self-portrait that not only comments on female subjectivity vs objectification but also how something such as a body part can lose it’s meaning when repeated over and over.
This is probably the most intimately I have ever been involved with a painting as my own body was directly used in making it! I started with a sheet of glass, some water soluble paints and circular pieces of super absorbent paper.
I painted a wash over the glass and made an imprint with ….my boobs, ( or if you prefer breasts, bosoms, mammaries, whatever you want to call them:>)
This process of painting onto a smooth surface and then making a print is called monotyping, because only one print can be made each time as the pigment gets soaked up by the paper. The picture below shows the set up as I was experimenting!
After making over 56 of these prints with my bosoms I can tell you I was more than a little stiff over the following week. But I think it was well worth the effort :>
Each circular booby print is a unique monotype and all together, varnished on the painted canvas, make 56 individual prints. The pigments I used range in colour from warm fleshy tones to cooler deathly tones and all those in between. I plan on experimenting more with this concept and technique in the future but for now this is the only piece of its kind.
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