Saturday, 29 January 2011

Feminism Beyond Hysteria:Reading Feminine Ethics - Kristine Klement

Second wave feminism offered women another sort of cure, a new ideology by which to explain their experiences and their suffering, another way of expressing “the problem that has no name.” But so far feminists have not been able to displace the phallic signifier, reliant as we are on the social meanings of sex, gender and sexuality which it structures. Feminist thinkers have often taken either the masculine position, relying on a messianic fantasy of phallic power to come, or the hysteric’s position, blaming others for what they lack. However, what feminism needs to contend with is that the question What does a woman want? has no universal answer because the Woman does not exist. Without a signifier for woman’s desire, each woman is alone to produce her own signifier for herself. She can take the route of the hysteric by looking for an external limit, or she can take this responsibility on herself. Which is why Copjec claims that the ethical act is feminine, because to act ethically is to take responsibility for limiting one’s own jouissance in the face of the absent Other, that is, without the fantasies of love and sex offered by the social world. Acting ethically is not transgressing an oppressive law, or following some kind of morality—that is the masculine logic. It is this feminine ethics that I think may offer feminists a new way of approaching feminine difference and a new politics of women’s suffering.


Monday, 24 January 2011

Cockroaches and lace mourning self-portrait

- Cockroaches are among the hardiest insects on the planet. It is popularly suggested that cockroaches will "inherit the earth" if humanity destroys itself in a nuclear war.
- In French, cockroache is "cafard" and is used in expressions meaning to feel low, down, to have the blues.

Friday, 14 January 2011

2004 - self-portraits - green clay and make-up - studio trials - Staffordshire university

2004 - self-portraits - building a protection - studio trials - Staffordshire university

2004 - self-portraits with clay - studio trials - Staffordshire university

While working at the "mourning" self-portraits and the trials for mask-making, I remembered these images, from university research, about 6 years ago ... It is very strange to be exploring a similar practice again, as I am going through the same kind of emotional states ...

The idea of protecting-repulsing was already there but I choose these portraits here for the sadness in the sight.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

mask making - ideas

one idea ...

The masking-making process I am choosing will include making a plaster 3D reproduction of my face, which I could use indefinitely to produce whatever masks I want. I am thinking of exploring making masks with very basic and unusual materials and use them in self-portraiture or "fashion-style" photographs ...

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Mask (trial)

Mourning - cockroaches (trial)

Monday, 10 January 2011

Mourning - lace 2 (trial)

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Mourning - lace (trial)