Exploring the sexual desire of youth in women and the attraction to unnatural behavior and appearance of women.
Exploring using my body as a tool through body printing.
While displaying my body parts I started thinking about how in our society people, especially women are expected to preserve their beauty and youth. Preserving body parts after death and while alive surprisingly involves many of the same materials such as ice, blood, plastic, fire.
I used plastic to represent all these unnatural ways of keeping your youth and beauty. I wanted the photos to give the effect I’m suffocating myself and adjusting my body alike to how many people do nowadays.
Blood on Canvas:
After displaying certain disposable parts of my body in ice I started thinking about other aspects of my body I can display. This brought me to the idea of displaying my menstrual blood.
While experimenting with how bodies are preserved and washed after death I started thinking about which parts of my own body I can preserve almost displaying the future. I used my baby teeth, hair from my hairbrush, chewed up tomatoes and spat out and wine, and set them in ice.
The water aspect of these stills and the videos reminded me of Bill Viola’s work. Following up on the concept of Bill’s work it is based on the cycle of life through birth, life, death, rebirth. This has inspired me to keep the theme of my body and death but maybe touch on my past and the idea of rebirth.
Starting the future project with the idea of the future of the body, specifically my body. The only specific factor of the future every creature on earth shares is death and being a dead body. I have been researching how dead bodies are preserved throughout history. How the Egyptians preserved bodies for mummification interests me as the materials are accessible and natural such as ice, vinegar, wax, thread, cotton.
My first ideas with these interests are to experiment with performance/video art to do the mummification process on my own body. Even though in the future there will be a different process of preservation for my body this idea of cleaning and preserving my living body like a corpse represents the inevitability of death and the inevitable wash.
Edited stills from the video.
Inevitable Wash Videos:
Showing the dark side of death.
Shining light on death.