Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art, Printmaking Body of Work
Completed Fall 2012
In the past I have worked with uncomplicated figures, male or female. I later began to explore my own sexuality which led me to discover a voice rooted in feminism. My work is an exploration of my sexual awareness. Simply put, beautiful people are beautiful people. It is an exploration of my own feminist views. I am currently working with the nude female figure. I place the figure in dark scenes and awkward poses and I cover their faces with animal masks in a way that should destroy the sexuality. Ugly and generally disgusting animals and creatures are not ever used in a sexual context but paired with a naked female body the simple and beautiful sexuality is still very present and I think that is something that will never be destroyed.
With my Printmaking I have discovered that I love having the ability to work digitally and manually at the same time. I can manually create an image combined with options and techniques that allow me to create digital composites to enhance my work. The number of reproductions that I can create with printmaking has also allowed me to begin exploring multi media production.
My manual plates begin with a simple drawing or digital composite in which I etch into a zinc plate and from there I meticulously work at the etching, or use aquatint to create and render my image into the plate. I have found that with manual plates I like to work a bit smaller than a photo plate because it allows me to work on smaller areas with more detail rather than have too much going on in a larger area. During the printing process I like to manipulate the ink into shades of black that have just a hint of another color, just enough so that the same color can not be produced in any other edition.
The process that I follow for choosing a mask all has to do with the woman and the pose that she is in. I use a mask that I feel fits the body type, or flows with the pose, and then I make sure it is an animal that will make the viewer very uncomfortable or simply question why I made that choice. These images are intended to make the viewer question what they think is sexual, beautiful, repelling or inappropriate. The nude female figure will always remain beautiful and intriguing even in the their awkward, uncomfortable and dark masked settings.