These 2 paintings were done as part of my half year assessment for Uni. They were meant to convey thoughts about objectification of the human body. The objectification topic came about through research I was doing for a History essay about Japanese comfort women. As part of my research I came across a book by Susan Griffin called Pornography and Silence which, while off the direct subject of comfort women related to cultural traditions which preempted these wartime atrocities.
Both these canvasses were acquired through fortuitous scrummaging through discarded paintings from previous years. For one or another reasons people spend a great deal of time painting during session only to eventually leave these canvasses behind. Sometimes they start out with grand ideas only to find the task is too great for the alotted time; sometimes their grand ideas become too large to transport (something I have done myself on occasion); others merely find the whole painting thing just isn’t what they expected so choose to move on to other activities. It is the actions of these people which allow me to paint on a larger format without too much expense. So for those students I am truly grateful. The first panel remains as I presented it for assessment while the second panel I have begun reworking, possibly to be resubmitted this session…or not, depending how it turns out. Mind you I have only added a small amount of layering and already I am pleased with the result.
The work below was done on the same day using a variety of drawing paper which I found tucked away in a drawer while trying to adopt a suggestion of neatness and organization on my back verandah. The verandah is where I’ve been storing most of my art materials while we deliberate over how to convert it into a studio without losing all of our outdoor area. Icould include images but I might save that for a whole blog of its own.
do I tear or don’t I?