MAKING A STORY
There's a difference between living a story and making a story
The philosopher Alain Badiou asserts, in his “Fifteen Theses on Contemporary Art”: “I think the great question about contemporary art is how not to be Romantic.” Are Making a Story highly textured digital collages synonymous with the kitsch of love and desire, in other words, the common use of the word “romantic”, or do they stand for an explicit critique of the kind of attitude that legitimizes the logic of material constraints and power struggles that hold women down?
Build from essential fragments of lived emotional reality, the work recognizes no separation between art and life. If life is the greatest form of art, it is natural to think of a woman's body as her most active and activating canvas - her body as a means of creation. What happens if all labels are torn off? When all skin's shed? When all blood's bled? How to confine one's essence within the arbitrary layers of social expectations & obligations? Let's start by taking away what's outwardly visible and see what else comes into focus given how the tale of womanhood has continually been edited into a reductive and ultimately self sacrificial one. A woman is encouraged to lean into the obvious, to embrace it, and, in the process, to render any resistance pointless and even when allowed to become self-reflexive, it is primarily to acknowledge failure, even the ones among us privileged to expect people to let them fail over and over again.
- Visual Influences
Hannah Wilke - "To diffuse self-prejudice, women must take control of and have pride in the sensuality of their bodies and create a sensuality in their own terms, without referring to the concepts degenerated by society."
Carolee Schneemann - "The female nude is part of a revered tradition, although she is not to take authority over her depictions of her nudity. She is just to be available."