I spent this week in the metal work studio, making ovaries. I'm not sure yet what it is that I want to communicate with these, but I knew it was important to make them.
I am planning to experiment with more abstract shapes, exploring balls, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Mona Hatoum is a Lebanese artist of Palestinian decent who lives and works in London.
This piece is called Kapan and is part of a series of five. The red shape is made out of glass and the cage is steel. The shape feels quite bodily and fluid, a feeling I want to create in my own work. Hatoum wasn't making this with any of the ideas of feminism or gender that I want to use...I think it's interesting to see how a piece of work can be interpreted in many ways, all through the personal lens of the viewer. (I'll try and keep that in mind when working out how I want my work to be interpreted.)
Examples of all my balls.
At the Q-art crit on Friday some of the feedback I received was that not all of the balls looked like balls...some reminded people of boobs and in one case, ovaries and fallopian tubes. I am going to explore this idea further, looking at the bodily aesthetics of my work in general rather than just balls. Sarah Lucas is a good example of that.
Q-Art: an organisation for current and prospective students, graduates, self-trained artists and all those with an interest in art. We aim to break down the barriers to art education and the contemporary art world and support the networking and development of early career artists. We run open crits, workshops, and produce books and videos.
On Friday I went to Salford University for a Cross College Crit run by Q-Art. It was attended by students from Salford, MMU and Wolverhampton; it was a wonderful experience! I'm so glad I went. There were 11 of us presenting our work, each presenter was given 25 minutes to speak. I was very nervous but feel like I gained so much from the day. I spoke about my ideas around feminism and the balls I have been making. It was really helpful for me to listen to the debate that started surrounding the words we use to talk about feminism and to learn how other students feel about calling themselves feminists. I also received good feedback about my balls and the materials I am using/shape that they take.