Plans, artist research and reflections with regards to all my work produced in my second year of university.
H F Gardner Artwork
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I have chosen to wear a unitard that is the same colour as my skin in order for the focus to be on my body but also to replicate the 'one-colour' scheme of hellenistic sculptures. Also, the nude colour represents skin and being naked and revealing myself, a common theme that is addressed in Greek Mythology. It also shows the fact that i have breasts and male genitals in a way that is not too graphic or distracting, but still giving the effect of exposure. It also helps to show the movement of my muscles and how the lines of my body react to my movement which is interesting to see in slow motion, the muscles tensing shows the feeling of physical struggle which I would like to relate to the struggles experienced in possessing qualities of both male and female.
I wear a prosthetic penis under my unitard to create the elusion of male genitals. It is quite representative and so feels real, helping me to get into character. At first I thought this would distract the audience away from the piece itself but it has proven to be effective and subtle.
HALF LONG/HALF SHORT HAIR
I style my hair long at the front and short at the back (I put in extensions at the front). This contrasts with my body features; You can see the male genitals at the front but from the back I look totally female so I thought that I would use short hair at the back to make my gender identification more ambiguous. The long hair down adds an interesting contrast to the movement. For example, when I float backwards and move my head right back very slowly, my hair suddenly drops which almost acts as a full stop onto my movement. I also find that it legitimises the slow motion by this contrast.
To reinforce the idea of revealing myself and being naked.