NIQUELLE LATOUCHE – BA FINE ART & ENGLISH FAS2I SUMMER WORK
With the summer to reflect upon my on-going body of work, I realised the emphasis and focus on the human figure appearing as a reoccurring theme and idea. I intend to illuminate and take a detailed look at the body, as art, or in the case of my work last year, to use the body to make art. The importance placed upon the transitory nature of movement of my last year’s work I think fell short of what I was trying to translate which in essence is the celebration of “the organic qualities of the body” however this year I have taken an interest particularly in the reconstruction of self-perception and ‘co-ownership’ of one’s image. To consider the body as art then raises the question of perception, what type of body do we accept? Why? Artist stimulus was provided by Jenny Saville, whose nudes of obese women raised the question of what conventions perceive beautiful. Saville’s paintings were revolutionary and to me show the most ‘organic’ form of the body before and cosmetic intervention or what society would deem acceptable. We may venture oblivious to what society and our environment may influence, but women in particular face the challenge of a ‘self-obsessed displeasure’ every day. This displeasure and ‘imperfection’ is what I want to reframe and celebrate instead of degrade further, highlighting the body in all shapes and forms showing its true beauty. Whether by using movement on video to show its organic ways of motion or by photography, painting or drawings alone I have decided to focus on the relationship between the mind and body to reframe the boundaries of the self-acceptance. I will show the morphed view of the body to illuminate the beauty of difference.
I have also begun an exploration of the human form for women of Caribbean heritage in a collaborative project with Chantal Miller of ChantiMedia for her ‘This is Me’ Exhibition. The relationship between body and mind is one that really intrigues me, especially from a female perspective. We are used to constant critique and magazines telling us we are too fat, thin, tall, short, our thighs wobble too much here, our hair is too thick, thin, curly, straight, we have good hair (whatever that bloody means), our teeth don’t look straight enough, our skin is too dark, light, oily…ahhh the list goes on forever but the point is WHAT DO WE THINK OF OURSELVES? This self-critique and honest spillage of the dissatisfaction or hopefully self-gratification we may have with our own bodies, is what I intend to explore further.
I will and have chosen to incorporate engineering in my work this year but instead to use as a tool for highlighting the art or as a display tool (as in the displayed piece). This work has been heavily influenced by Saville’s glass images and my prints and scans have been made in response. This project will form a starting point for my next installation piece. Spectators will inadvertently affect my work by walking in the peripheral area as the sonars will detect their movement and cause LEDs to flash on above and image , indirectly changing the way the image appears. These LEDs are representational for the varying external sources which bear influence upon an individual’s appearance: those magazines or opinions set by conventions of society. The focus on a very exterior influenced self-image is what I intend to translate with this piece.