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Retake/Remake... Let it Begin!

We've been given our new context, 'Retake & Remake', a chance to think about the presentation and materials of our work. I've been thinking about the different ways that I can display my ideas:

1. Creating a video piece: I keep changing my mind about video and image work and I think it's time for me to grab the bull by the horns and just test it out. I think this would be a good opportunity to make my work dynamic and get involved with it. My idea is to slaughter my work. Using the latex tubes and my research into how they treat and kill animals in the meat industry, I will act violently against my own work. I would like to replicate the life cycle of the animals, and apply this to human life, continuing on cannibalistic themes.

2. Installation/sculpture piece: Creating a slaughterhouse style piece by using sculptures to replicate discarded hanging meat. I will do this using the various materials that I have been experimenting with so far. I think it is important that I continue to show the objects, so the audience can have a real connection with them, but I am looking to make this a more resolved piece, rather than an experimental one.

3. I'm still working out my final idea. I am wondering whether it would be good to try printing or painting using the images I have collected of my own work. Or whether I could test out something more performative. I will consider this further.

I have been considering how I can use my own form in my work and messed around taking photos of myself with sellotape distorting my face to look both familiar but different. I would like to mess around with the editing of these and maybe use the basic form to base sculpture or 2D work off of. I wouldn't want to use these as a piece in themselves as I don't think they relate closely enough to my chosen themes, and this idea has been used a lot in art and photography by other artists. But it could be an interesting starting point of other work and the exploration of my own form.

I have been experimenting with more materials, this week I tested silk clay, which is just a kids craft material, but I like the playful and soft appearance. I messed around with different shapes, looking a excrement and intestinal forms. I found it to be a great light-weight material to create a simple intestine-like piece, and also tried using red ink on it. I like the simplicity of this, compared to the latex tubes. However, I'm worried it is too playful, and may become more comical. But then maybe this could be a route to go down, almost as if taking the piss out of our own existence. This is something I need to think about and play with more. I would like to make this part of the installation piece as I think it could be using well as part of the hanging meat and innards.

I've also tried using bubble clay, which is again used for kids craft, but I loved the weird balls that it is made up of and the golden colour. I decided to again try something more comical (I must have a good sense of humour this week!), with testing out ideas of consumerism and excrement, which I think was inspired by my research into Wim Delvoye's shit machine work. I wanted to take photos of this and make the 'Golden Poo' into a desirable object, a new commodity. I think I need to paint it with gold paint so it is more obviously over-the-top. I think it would be great to digitally create adverts and posters for the poo, like a hole selling campaign. This is just an idea, which is a slight diversion from my main topic but I think it would be a fun diversion.

I've been thinking about other materials that I can use to fill up latex tubes. I picked up some coral sponge from the art shop and loved the organic-looking textures that it has. For a simple and quick test of the material, I sewed up the broken up sponge into a latex tube. The appearance of the textures through the latex looked great because they were ambiguous, making the work more intriguing and mysterious - alien but familiar. However, because of the colour of the material, it wasn't very clear that there is something inside unless you're fairly close to the work so I think it would be interesting to test how the material looks if it is died a different colour. It could also be interesting to see what it is like when the sponge is wet and... spongy! But I am trying to avoid using too much liquid in my work as the latex starts smelling and changing colour and transparency. Plus the work can leak and so is more vulnerable.

I also wanted to try using polystyrene balls. I covered these in ink, as I thought it would mean they would show through better than the sponge. Rather than sewing them into a tube shape, I took inspiration from Keith Sonnier's 'Red Flocked Wall' piece, and used latex against a wall, like a membrane or skin. I liked that they still looked ambiguous but they were more bodily due to the colour and clearer to see. I used a piece of latex rubber as a quick test but I tried again with liquid latex painted on and pulled away from the wall (like Sonnier did). However, I found it difficult to stick it back down after I had put the polystyrene balls behind it, so in the end I decided to let it all stick together and wrap them up. I liked the weird form that it made, with the balls more visible in some areas and the latex more built up in others. Although it looks good, I'm not sure what to use it for or if it helps my work along further.

Lastly, I revisited the 'CACA ROSE' brand idea. I created small latex tubes filled with red ink and water and painted with liquid latex. I then threaded through and shaped the wire to make them into earrings. I think these work better than the original test using super sculpey clay as they look more disgusting and less like someone would actually wear them and so I think they would convey the idea of consumption better.


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