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Betty's Backbend Cuff Sculpture

Caitlin Albritton

United States

Sculpture, Metal on Other

Size: 2.1 W x 3 H x 1.5 D in

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The gym is a place where everyday antics and behaviors are amplified in a stage-like environment where there is a hyperawareness of our bodies in a public space. My works tell gym stories through tender yet comically empathetic visual narratives that touch on struggle and empowerment in a different take on feminism. I want to play with the absurdity of having a rock-hard gym body by making one out of rocks. Rock Solid Bodies is series of wearable paintings made with a metalsmithing and lapidary technique called inlay, which is akin to collaging with hand-cut stones fit into sterling silver channels. Because COVID-19 has closed galleries for such a long time, I want to reshape what wearables can have the potential to do, serving as a conversation piece outside of traditional contemporary art spaces by bringing art to the streets. This particular cuff bracelet takes the form of a woman in a backbend pose. What I really like about it is that it looks just as great as a small sculpture as it does worn as jewelry. It's made with sterling silver and 60 pieces of hand-cut pink opal, hematite, rainbow obsidian, sodalite, chrysocolla, lepidolite, and amazonite with almost 100 hours of labor. It comes with a bespoke "plyometric jump box" that can either be used to store the cuff bracelet or to display the cuff on top of.

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Sculpture:Metal on Other

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Size:2.1 W x 3 H x 1.5 D in

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In my work, I see the gym as a place where everyday antics and behaviors are amplified in a stage-like environment where there is a hyperawareness of our bodies in a public space. Exploring the politics of looking through both male and female gazes, I’m interested in exemplifying the strangeness of the body, and the peculiarity of certain gym exercises and the awkward, compromising, sometimes sexual positions they put people in. My works hinge on the contradiction that I am an active participant of #gymlife, while also questioning its variables. By telling gym stories through serious yet comically empathetic visual narratives, my work is meant to bring up conversation about gender issues, body politics and trends, competition, the machinic-like work we do, and the propaganda of progress in other spheres of our lives.

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