Memmary Sculpture

Rebecca D Harris

United Kingdom

Sculpture, Fabric on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Size: 16.9 W x 20.9 H x 5.1 D in

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Part of 'Storm in a B Cup' body of work which had a solo exhibition in May, 2017 in Exeter UK. The exhibition brings to play both humorous and serious tones to explore the complex story of breasts. "Her use of domestic objects re-imagined as pendulous vessels, of traditional articles of ‘female activity’ framing the often comical flesh-tone udders all amplify the female condition, challenging the patriarchal ‘ooh-er’ reaction to boobs and reclaiming the female form as a site for discourse. This is a show that keeps giving, with layers to mine and moments that plunge you into really deep empathetic and sympathetic states – difficult territory for the casual observer." Stuart Crewes This piece in particular explores the effects and control on the aftermath of breast cancer. A purposeful play on asymmetry and 'framing' of an experience. I was inspired by the similarities between the punching needle into the skin to create a tattoo and drawing similarities with that of embroidery. The removed breast on her left is now presented within an embroidery hoop and across the seam/scar a vintage embroidery cutout is stitched. Like many of my other works I use tights and slimming wear in flesh tones. I became fascinated with the body and skin in 2012 when I came close to having a gastric bypass to normalise my own body. Since then I have explored the relationship of the skin - our concealing veils. Women's bodies are often defined by their surface, they must be slim, blemish free, smooth, flawless and hair free. So we are sold these materials to create a more perfect surface, to smooth us and create a preferable skin tone. These pseudo skins present so much for me to work with and I really enjoy the manipulation you can have with them. However, there is only so much input you can have with the fabric and objects I work with as they have their own language and behaviour, which you cannot force too much. My terse constructions are in no way simple, they offer a lot to the viewer and are very accessible and with layers to mine. Many are quite affecting and it offers a way into the subject matter without being too confrontational.

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Sculpture:Fabric on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:16.9 W x 20.9 H x 5.1 D in

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Edinburgh-based artist, researcher and collaborator: I use textiles and technology, to unveil the human body and create evocative and tactile sculptures, installations and embroideries that stitch art and science together. Inviting audiences to physically experience and empathize with the artwork, my work aims to be educational and thought-provoking.

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