HARMONIE

Would you feel comfortable touching a breast in a box? You know, will you know that’s what you’re going to be doing? You know, do you have enough touch in your life? Do you understand someone else’s body? Do you know how to, to touch someone’s body? You know, in a positive manner, in a manner that makes that person and yourself happy? So you know there’s all these kind of elements to this artwork that I think people will hopefully question and have some benefit from it.

You put vaseline all over the breast and then you get the plaster bandages and you wrap them around in little strips. Ummm, nipples are hard to do so you need smaller bandages. Umm then I umm to get the right position, I ask my friend to lean forward, if that makes sense? Lean down so that there’s more of a pendulum shape. So that that, with these breast moulds that I could get the depth. But everyone’s breasts are shaped differently, so you’re going to end up with these completely, either flatter glasses or more… what would you say… fuller, just different shapes, different sizes. Um and that was the great part about this because you could use these moulds to create different drinking vessels. 

Underneath your hand is a cast of a woman’s breast. This was made with plaster strips. You’ll notice it’s quite rough in texture. That’s because the plaster, when it dries, creates a paper texture. Umm, they are different sizes depending on who posed or modelled. Um each breast has it’s own unique shape. As you move across you’ll feel another breast. This is a similar shape but more mountainous. If you move over to the left, you will feel a goblet. The goblet is round and then it goes in and round with a flat foot. On top of the goblet base is the cast of the breast, which is joined solidly to the base. It is cast out of clay, a porcelainous white clay. And it is fired a bisque first to a thousand and sixty degrees, then finished with a gloss firing to twelve eighty. It is roughly fifteen twenty centimetres high. Because of the nature of porcelain clay, it has a shrinkage rate of 18 percent, so the top part of the breast mould is quite significantly smaller than the cast.

When, when we’re taking um, these moulds out of context, you see the function of the breast. You see it in a different context. Um, it creates all sorts of different meanings umm.. Through this art, it’s not just, you know, um that ah our breast is solely for a sexualised point of view. It’s functional, um it has a purpose.. But also too, if you look at it um as far as a shape goes it’s got it’s own unique shape. Its curve, the softness, texture.. I mean with this, I haven’t thought about the artwork in terms of texture, I’ve thought about it in terms of umm shape and form.

People like something maybe.. there’s that curiosity that people have as well. Like having something in a new context, it’s kinda naughty as well you know. People like being a little bit naughty. “Oh my god! That’s my friend’s boob! I’m drinking out of my friend’s boob hahahaha!” Like there’s that kind of school yard way to deal with it. Um and there’s also, you know, I guess um what I’ve found with a lot of mothers you know, wow, you’ve really given.. you know, you’ve really stripped back that when you breastfeed your boobs change and your body is changing attitudes, you know you kind of normalising a part of the body that you know, we all know um is over-sexualised and no one can compete to some model with air brushing and um photoshop like it’s just an unrealistic achievement as well.

I guess a lot of our insecurities are used to market and to make money for people so if you kind of are stripping back on people’s insecurities and encouraging people to actually feel confident about their bodies then there’s, you know there’s no need for, I guess, all the consumerist crap in our society, let’s face it, on some level. Um it also allows umm er people to not have like these expectations of how people’s bodies are going to look, so there’s a deeper appreciation, a deeper understanding of how our bodies are normal. We don’t get enough exposure to that so I’m hoping that this will, you know, this gives people more exposure.

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