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Femininity

Femininity
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Mixed media suspended sculpture Dimensions: 1.3m x 0.6m I made my work by using an aggressive action with clay to create pieces which occupy negative space; they are physically 'submissive' - this bearing obvious connotations to the construct of 'femininity'. I then used my pieces to create moulds, in which I could cast my 'negative spaces' from latex; the skin-like surface of this medium alluding to the visceral connection of motherhood. I looked to western painters such as Degas and Sassetta, and found that the intricacy of their pieces bestowed a delicate aesthetic upon their female subjects, this resonating with our ideals on femininity. Hence my work is not one form, but many smaller forms, this being an attempt to replicate the intricacy, thus delicate nature, of our representations of femininity. I based the shape of my sculpture on bulbs, using them as a symbol of fertility and parentage, to allude to the prevalence of fertility and motherhood in feminine ideals; the fullness of the bottom of my work connoting the swollen pregnant stomach. I used white oil and acrylic to cover my sculpture, this acknowledging the importance of purity within the feminine construct; with the suspension of my work making reference to the religious idealisation of women, present in all cultures.
 
Author
Daisy Smith , 17 yrs
 
School
Spalding high