Friday 22 May 2015



Have a look at the trailer of film beauty and the beast.

''A dream, a woman, a furred tongue: Bady Minck's The Beauty is the Beast operates on the interface between civilization and wilderness, nature and culture, human and animal. A film that raises the issue of the pros and cons of our cultivation. On the threshold between the animal inside and the civilized exterior "the beauty (la belle)" herself becomes "the beast (la bĂȘte)".''
This links back to my use of materials of rubber - '' The rubber rush',(2015).Filmo.[online]Available at: [Accessed 22 May 2015].


''When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.'' ~ Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau ( 1889 – 1963) was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau One of his best known films  is: Blood of a Poet- 1930

Have a look at  this video with the music of massive attack mixed into it 

Sunday 17 May 2015


This post talks of my piece called 'HAVE A HEART'

 I am making the entire piece, including headdress, top, skirt and feet
The material being used almost throughout is rubber and ill tell you why I have chosen to use it and the symbolism behind it.
I am inspired by the female surrealists and have looked at three emotionally and visually provoking women in an earlier post.
                                       Sculpt for prosthetic/SFX 'Scarification'

By creating this piece:   I am requesting a conscious awareness and emotional responsibility in how you view what you are being visually fed through fashion, film, culture and media.

Do you collaborate with negative objectification of women and other minority communities?

My design- Charcoal on paper

Materials I will be using
Beach ball
Bicycle inner tubes
Air  brush 
Head band

Why have I chosen to use rubber?
The rubber Trade

žThe rubber tree grew in profusion in the Amazon, South America. The rubber trade was known as the ‘rubber rush’. Entrepreneurs and fortune-seekers set off from Europe to yield the benefits of this new material.

 Some researchers tried to estimate the loss of indigenous people in Peru and Brazil alone to be around 250,000  lives.

The material is relevant to the piece, in that in a similar way to the objectification of women, the history of this material -rubber, and the history of how the rubber traders viewed the indigenous peoples  in ‘master-savage’ terms, reinforced a superiority position over ‘the other’ and with it a justification for slavery. 
Similarly,  negative female objectification can be cruel, violent and destructive.                       The objectified vs the person

I have also been looking at:

                  Vision, perception and awareness


.the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight.

2.the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be:prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur. experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly orcredibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under theinfluence of a divine or other agency:a heavenly messenger appearing in a vision.
Compare hallucination (def 1).

4.something seen or otherwise perceived during such an experienc e


Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information. It is not the passive receipt of sensory signals, it is shaped by learningmemoryexpectation  as well as culture, society and environment.


Awareness is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns.[1] In this level of consciousness, sense data can be confirmed by an observer without necessarily implying understanding. More broadly, it is the state or quality of being aware of something. In biological psychology, awareness is defined as a human's or an animal's perception and cognitive reaction to a condition or event.

Bibliography for all research 

ž, (2015). 'In Wonderland' celebrates female surrealist artists | Women's Views on News. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015], (2015).
ž Surrealist Poetry. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 May 2015].
ž, (2015). Exhibition themes: Portrait/Self Portrait | Manchester Art Gallery: Angels of Anarchy, Women Artists and Surrealism. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015].
žFrida khalo quote :, (2015). Frida Kahlo Quotes | Quotes For Life. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015].
Frida khalo-, (2015). Roots, 1943 by Frida Kahlo. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015].
Louis Bourgeois
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Claude Cahun, (2015). Claude Cahun: The surreal deal - Telegraph. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015].
Claude Cahun, (2015). [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015]., (2010). Gender Heroes: Claude Cahun (1894-1954) — Genderfork. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015].
Cool Hunting, (2012). Frieze New York. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015].
Rubber - International, S. (2014). Death in the Devil’s Paradise. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015].
Perception- Wikipedia, (2015). Perception. [online] Available at: [Accessed 12 May 2015].
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Female surrealists took advantage of the socio-political and economic climate and travelled down the road of self-exploration becoming the first modernist movement in which a group of women could explore female subjectivity and give form to a feminine imagination.”

Traditionally, portraiture has represented women as passive muses or erotic objects. This was strongly evident in art by the male surrealists who tended to paint women as either spiritual or magical beings, sexualised characters, or more often than not, passive muses with no voice of their own

The female surrealists developed strategies to present identity as something that is not fixed, but is transformative and continually changing and they explored this through their own sub-consciousness and dreams.

                                            Lets have a look at these inspiring women
Claude Cahun 1894-1954

Photography, Sculpture, Collage
Identified as agender 
She challenged  the perception of binary gender norms personally, politically and throughout her work

       What particularly draws me to the work and life of Claude Cahun is how she made art that was both sensually arousing and attractive as well as politically committed .
       Cahun’s work ranged from photographs (often self-portraits in various states of dress and undress), sculputors/objects aligned to surrealism, to more overtly political constructions and activism.
       Her work is often playful and theatrical. Her make-up skills are quite something to behold.
       An obvious charm about her work was her ability to take her self seriously through a creative exploration of identity, perceptions and cultural norms

Don't Kiss Me I'm in Training 1927

                                       Self-Portrait, Silver gelatin print on paper, 1929

Cahun showed a remarkable ability for gender transformation. She holds mysterious props that turn her into a magician, a doll, or an impenetrably masked androgyny. With her hooked nose and a shaved head, it seems she could photograph herself as male, female, or any shade in between

      Frida Khalo 1907-1954 PainterHer work is celebrated for her uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.Kahlo’s body and her cultural identity(ies) are central to an understanding of her work.

Her work often depicts intense emotional and physical pain.
Kahlo turned herself and her own individual feminine obsessions and dilemmas into subject matter.
Along the way she challenged the contemporary perceptions of female beauty. She is often  remembered for celebrating female facial hair.
“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best”

 Roots, 1943, Frida stated her faith that all life can join in a single flow. In this painting, Frida is depicted as her torso opens up like a window and gives birth to a vine. It's her dream of being able to give birth as a childless woman. Frida's blood circulates the vine and reach beyond the leaves' veins and feed the parched earth. She is dreaming to be a tree of life with her elbow supporting her head on a pillow.

This painting was completed shortly after her divorce with Diego RivieraThis portrait shows Frida's two different personalities. -the traditional Frida in Tehuana costume, with a broken heart, sitting next to an independent, modern dressed Frida. She admitted it expressed her desperation in the loneliness from separating from Diego.

Frida used a young deer with the head of herself and was fatally wounded by a bunch of arrows. The background is the forest with dead trees and broken branches, implying the feeling of fear and desperation. Far away is the stormy, lightning-lit sky which brings some hope but the dear will never be able to reach it.

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) 

Sculptor. painter, installation artist.

       Her work shared a set of repeated themes, centred on the human body and its need for nurture and protection in a frightening world
       She worked with the unconscious, sexual desire, and the body, drawing on events from her childhood.
She considered making art a therapeutic or cathartic process.
       Influences include: Mythological and archetypal imagery, objects such as spirals, spiders, cages, medical tools, and sewn appendages; symbolizing the feminine psyche, beauty, and psychological pain.

       She dealt with notions of universal balance, playfully juxtaposing materials conventionally considered male or female. She has described her work as dealing with problems that are pre(post)-gender, citing jealousy as an example.

Spiral women 2001

The reticent child 1998
                                                         Untitled 1996

Tuesday 5 May 2015


The beautiful surrealist poetry 
I have chosen this piece as it talks of women in a way that takes you into all sorts of realms of imagery, this makes my mind boggle! Even though I am focusing on female surrealists, this poem written from a man about his beloved women encompasses all the mystery a women holds,

Free Union

My wife with the hair of a wood fire
With the thoughts of heat lightning
With the waist of an hourglass
With the waist of an otter in the teeth of a tiger
My wife with her rosette mouth and a bouquet of stars of the last magnitude
With the teeth of tracks of white mice on the white earth
With the tongue of rubbed amber and glass
My wife with the tongue of a stabbed host
With the tongue of a doll that opens and closes its eyes
With the tongue of an unbelievable stone
My wife with her eyelashes in the strokes of a child's writing
With eyebrows from the edge of a swallow's nest
My wife with brows of slates on a hothouse roof
And with steam on the windowpanes
My wife with shoulders of champagne
And of a fountain with dolphin heads beneath the ice
My wife with wrists of matches
My wife with fingers of luck and the ace of hearts
With fingers of mown hay
My wife with armpits of marten and of beechnut
And of Midsummer Night
Of privet and of an angelfish nest
With arms of seafoam and of riverlocks
And of a mingling of the wheat and the mill
My wife with legs of flares
With the movements of clockwork and despair
My wife with calves of eldertree pith
My wife with feet of initials
With feet of rings of keys and Java sparrows drinking
My wife with a neck of unpearled barley
My wife with a throat of the valley of gold
Of a tryst in the very bed of the torrent
With breasts of night
My wife with her undersea molehill breasts
My wife with breasts of the ruby's crucible
With breasts of the spectre of the rose beneath the dew
My wife with the belly of an unfolding of the fan of days
With the belly of a gigantic claw
My wife with the back of a bird fleeing vertically
With a back of quicksilver
With a back of light
With a nape of rolled stone and wet chalk
And of the drop of a glass where one has just been drinking
My wife with hips of a skiff
With hips of a chandelier and of arrow-feathers
And of shafts of white peacock plumes
Of an insensible pendulum
My wife with buttocks of sandstone and asbestos
My wife with buttocks of swans' backs
My wife with buttocks of spring
With the sex of an iris
My wife with the sex of placer and platypus
My wife with a sex of seaweed and ancient sweetmeat
My wife with a sex of mirror
My wife with eyes full of tears
With eyes of purple panoply and of a magnetic needle
My wife with savanna eyes
My wife with eyes of water to be drunk in prison
My wife with eyes of wood always under the axe
My wife with eyes of water-level air-level earth and fire, (2015). Surrealist Poetry. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 May 2015].