Studio Installation 2014
The Cubiculum explores the private space the bedroom, the liminal state of adolescence and the discovery of our own sexuality.
Themes of sexuality, have begun to dominate this particular series of works.
The origin of this particular line of enquiry stems from research into Renaissance Marian portraits, where Mary (mother of Christ) was depicted in allegorical paintings emphasising her status as a Virgin.
The Ultimate Archetype- a contradiction in terms- a Virgin Mother..... a non-reality for the everyday woman to emulate.... easy enough to project though.
It is this example of emulating an unattainable persona/identity that fuelled my overall thematic consideration, but the idea of female sexuality being historically linked to good and bad seemed to work it's way into most of my MFA works. How we define ourselves via our sexuality is both a contemporary and historic consideration in identity projection.
In the Cubiculum I used an old antique single bed. It had to be a single to represent the sexual self, not that discovered within a couple. I then cut large petal/leaf shapes out of chicken wire and covered them in wadding, then covered them in satin (sheets), hand and machine sewing the edges together. Seams up the centre of each leaf were machine sewn in first for thick wire to be threaded through to help curl and form the leaves upon installation. All wires and armature components were then threaded onto a large board base (a discarded painting from my BFA)
Basal leaves were machine sewn in faux fur, and a centre piece was moulded over an old fan stand.
It's final installation will be in my MFA examination (Feb 2015).