Notes sent to Tutor prior to Telephone Conversation.
TRISHA STONE -THINKING NOTES ON PART 5
On Becoming Myself
- What I have done is build up some notes myself under the 4 headings, subject, research, artists and techniques. I have then added to these from your recent tutor report on Part 4.
- As far as subject is concerned you are entirely correct in that I am engaged in thinking about identity and particularly femaleness, femininity and am further interested in using the dolls and doll parts as a part of this enquiry.
- One of the ideas that also interests me is that of the containment of the female – particularly via dress. This sparks with me the more recent popularity of women’s shapewear which are the modern textile equivalent of the corset and other “shaping garments”. I am partly interested in getting larger women squeezed into such garments to look at how the excess female flesh behaves in these circumstances and the absurdity of the aim of the ideal “outline” . Or even thin women with the garments hanging off them. Or myself – but I don’t really want to work from photographs.
- My reading, study list gets longer and longer and feel I will have to be more specific in themes that I follow. I have already commented that I need to look at how I study and make notes in order to find clarity in taking on theories and ideas and be able to use them critically myself.
- As far as the artists to look at are concerned again I have added your brilliant suggestions to these.
- As far as techniques and materials I have been thinking a lot about the materials which were involved in doll making in the past including, fabric, linen, plaster of paris, sawdust, leather, wood, rubber and am looking at different ways to try out and work with these materials. As well as many others on my list.
- I am aware from your comments that I have to think more critically about my own work and analyse what is happening in my head as well as the physical work itself. Obviously I do find this hard to capture and acknowledge that it is something I have to work on.
All images from ebay adverts.
The training corset – I like the concept that even as you are running as a completely liberated woman in your vest and shorts you still need your corset!
The wasted flesh like quality of the discarded garment
Through inanimate dolls or through my own body
Using my own anatomy as a metaphor for investigation into the self through drawing. ..exploring the human condition and its vulnerabilities of what it is like to be human.
Work much harder when writing around my own working ideas from a more visually analytical viewpoint….Develop a deepened critical viewpoint to support my own work and don’t be afraid to consider context in regard to housing my work.
Trees and me…body parts
Doll body parts and trees
notes in the self via doll parts
becoming a woman sex and all
Others labeled me…see word list
The body…personal political cultural economic
Dolls…female objects of affection substitute
Male fetishistic..man convicted for importation of child inflatable dolls.
Different parts of me different parts of the doll body…different signifiers.
What am I talking about… investigating myself via still life and self portrait.
Noir..darkened room…seclusion.unspoken…hidden..misunderstood…unknowing.. keeping silent..muzzled…
Looking into mirrors a bit trite..how else to tackle.
Develop a more established voice when it comes to unpacking my own drawings – write and analyse much more…..
Visual impact of my own ongoing artists research against my own work.
What is allegory?
Explore Academically around the purpose of Drawing
post feminism etc
Female feminine woman…back to De Beauvoir….
One becomes..on becoming.
Semiotics – signs and signifiers
What are the signs and signifiers… semiotics..try to understand.
Feminist Political Theory
Feminist Visual Culture
Literature, philosophy and experience
Questions of identity…
Giles Deleuze – The Fold
Jstor (via toby’s library ticket ) particularly academic journals
Hans Bellmer ..erotic normal age sex
Hans Bellmer became a surrealist without knowing what that was… others labeled him
Be experimental, enquiring and ambitious
Depth..layers must investigate this more…
Lots of different techniques combine.
Box within Box
Rust – Iron Filings
Oil Bars – in-bed things into the surface
Latex liquid – hand stones (I have for years collected stones from the beach that fit comfortably into the hand) – elbow joint, knees, underarm, behind ear etc…..
Reverse Oil Pastel – Klee
Household Paint – matt /chalky/flaky
Wax resist -+ ink or watercolour
Burn – Destroy –
Sawdust, leather, plaster, glue – composite – traditional materials for doll making, wax, corn husk, rubber, topsy turvey doll.
Using parts of dolls for drawing instruments
More wet on wet with other materials
- Clearly my interests lie with women and identity
- Particularly in relation to control and limitations
- idealised figures based on gender stereotypes
- dolls and their influence on female self-awareness and fetishistic responses
- body parts – the de-personalisation of women
We talked about:-
- flesh and signs of ageing
- enhancements – clothing/surgery
Materials:- particularly those used in doll-making (historically)
- plaster of paris
- plastic etc.
It was agreed that I should make Part 5 :-
- An enquiry looking particularly at material exploration using the subject matter as text
- Series of drawings and makings
- Responses to drawings – lots of self critical analysis and reflection
- writing about why I am interested in this material
- looking at other people’s work about identity and ask myself a series of questions.
- maybe become voyeristic with a camera and focus in on skin.
From Roll-on to Shapewear – My Bodily Journey