Falling Woman, Stills 2008
12 Individually framed, 14 x 21 inches each
Digital C-Prints 2 of 12 shown
Installation @ Republic Gallery, Vancouver
The piece works in specific reference to art historical events and works, such as Yves Klein's photomontage farce Leap into the Void, which depicts a staged event of the artist leaping (or perhaps flying) off the edge of a building. Or the loss of control in the humble gestures of Bas Jan Ader's falling pieces. Primarily the piece addresses the influence feminist discourse has on my practice and positioning. In a reference to second wave feminist artist, Ana Mendieta, known for her site-specific installations and performances, in her signature "Sileuta" series she imposed her body onto the environment with impressions of her contours, commenting on the presence and absence of the artist in her gendered role, a series that foreshadowed her untimely and suspicious death. In Falling Woman the body continues to be a battleground of desire and exploitation. However the implication of the viewer's gaze makes subjectivity of woman impossible to reach.