Obscure Objects of Obesity
My current work developed from the emphasized awareness of my body. In August 2012 I was due to have a gastric bypass, but cancelled the procedure because of the biological and psychological concerns at the 'normalising' extremes I was about to put myself through. I felt a reconciliation with my ‘fat’ identity, and so 'came out' as a fat woman. My experiences of being a fat woman, and investigations of obesity, situates my fat body as an axis for research. I aim for the work to not have a didactic obesity reading, wanting a more subtle approach that offers an alternative paradigm to the subject matter. However, these affecting, autonomous and sometimes amusing artworks allow for an open reading.
 
I adopt a ‘thinking through making’ approach, using my practice to open up paths of enquiry instigated through my engagement with materials, objects and associative discursive contexts. The found objects and textile techniques explore the internal and external body that question both physical and social elements of tension, control and restriction. The skin and viscera are my main motifs which consist within written research outputs, drawings, textiles and sculpture.
 
Deep Seated Anxiety, 2013, 
Stuffing, fabric and tights
34 x 28 x 19 cm
Untitled (tumble dryer hose), 2013, 26 x 22 x 9 cm
Untitled (red tights), 2013, 100 x 31.5 x 1 cm
Forlorn (detail), 2013
Calico, machine embroidery, eyelets, nails, fishing hook, line and weight
106 x 170 x 5 cm
Forlorn, 2013
Calico, machine embroidery, eyelets, nails, fishing hook, line and weight
106 x 170 x 5 cm
Apronectomy, 2013
Untitled (stop tap), 2013
Tights, stuffing and plumbing stop tap
26 x 22 x 9 cm
Untitled (connector), 2013
Tights and plumbing connector
13 x 13 x 5 cm
Untitled (red stomach), 2013
Linen, thread and stuffing
17 x 9 x 6 cm
Obscure Objects of Obesity
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Obscure Objects of Obesity

My current ongoing work on the fat female body developed as in August 2012 I was due to have a gastric bypass. Horrified at the 'normalising' ext Read More
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