Identity and Rebellion
Dangling traces the theme of suspension, whether formal or psychological, by placing the narrow prism of the self against a wide-angle lens that exposes the chain of (subliminal and emotionally charged) associations of womanhood as body, emotion, soft, low, flesh, nature, nurture. Although digitally made, the experimental coloring, deep saturation, and the mimicking of light-dappled strokes are a direct reference to Pierre-Auguste Renoir's impressionistic young, porcelain-skinned females inThe Large Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), Cézanne's almost abstract geometrized forms in the famous Large Bathers, and Gauguin's synthetism while the compositional choices are heavily indebted to Louise Bourgeois's Suspension.
The very physicality of the shapely legs amd the conventionally pretty face – their sensuality and weight – is offset by the seemingly effortless, floating state in which they are presented. Eschewing a firm base, they are positioned in dialogue with the surrounding environment and, by extension, the viewer. Tethered but by no means static, they have the potential to revolve on their axes, providing a sense of movement and instability and implied vulnerability. They look as if they have been assembled by a machine from standardized parts, yet, they are made up of pieces, parts that can never be fitted together seamlessly. Just like life, they're full of cuts despite an effort been made for the stitching not to show and everything to appear as smooth as possible.
Stitches, however, keep coming apart, again and again. These are what one might call the heavy moments, these are the times when one catches a glimpse of the divergent structure of life behind the stitched up cuts, when instead of what we are used to, we see the exposed and defenseless state of female representation especially when it comes to the often subtle and coded role of images in creating new knowledge.
- Visual Influences
Paul Cézanne's Bathers series - Paul Cézanne had spent his life studying the nude and exploring the relationships between people. At the end of his career, Cézanne created a series of bathers' paintings feeling no pressure to conform to painting trends.
Louise Bourgeois's Suspension (exhibition of hanging works) - The very physicality of Bourgeois’s work, its density and weight, is offset by the seemingly effortless, floating state in which they are presented.