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As I explore the means of appropriation and how it applies to my work for this semester, I also intend to archive a period of time that is often lost in translation. I intend to appropriate images from various sources of pornography, primarily from the 1950s – 70s. By warping and printing images of women in the… Read More
As I explore the means of appropriation and how it applies to my work for this semester, I also intend to archive a period of time that is often lost in translation. I intend to appropriate images from various sources of pornography, primarily from the 1950s – 70s. By warping and printing images of women in their most “vulnerable” state, I hope to encapsulate another time where women had to look to the porn industry just as you would with any job. What is right and what is wrong in this instance and why do we feel this way? I hope to instill this question within the minds of a viewer as well.

In the mid to late 50s, movies and films were becoming more commonplace and the industry in turn became more selective. As a means to continue a career, a lot of actresses turned to snuff to further, and to sometimes start a career as an actress in the most vulnerable sense. Their careers were suppressed as well as they, hoping that snuff would give them some recognition. They struggled. Some did well and progressed into their ideal career path, and some stayed in the porn industry.

What I find most interesting is the will power and interest of these women—some enter the porn industry with the utmost intent to stay within it. It becomes an outlet of empowerment for them. Despite some problems that lay within the industry, the act of snuff, more often than not, was a woman’s choice. In a time of need for actresses, a job was provided and the women involved utilized this career path to their best ability through cunning prowess.

In the near future, I hope to provide this sense of empowerment through sheer size of my work. By creating 3’ to 4’ bases out foam-core and paper pulp and mounting printed fabric onto said base, I intend to create a sense of the larger picture, which is, “What is right and what is wrong and why is this empowering?” I will choose appropriated imagery of these strong women from multiple sources (including magazines and film stills taken by myself from various online and VHS sources) and warp/distort them to create a sense of anonymity (some additional and intentional distortion will occur while adhering fabric to the base). I will then screen-print them onto either flocked cotton or velour in cmyk and high thresholds in bold, sometimes flocked, ink. Occasionally, I will use hand drawn elements for the sake of design that is pertinent to the time period. I hope to find the funds needed to proceed in the exploration of my work and to further my education in the arts--thank you for viewing. Read Less
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