December exhibition 2018

Body Object

Georgia Emslie


Photo by Ellen Dahl

Photo by Ellen Dahl

This body of work is rooted in the human response to medical visualisation. There is a sense of strangeness that occurs through experiencing a visual representation of the body that cannot be assimilated into body image. It is a feeling that stands for more than just intuitive response through the way that our bodies are rendered external objects by the medical institution. They are to be kept at a distance, seemingly out of our control and shrouded in mystery.

 This ‘strangeness’ has been the instigator of an exploration of the contradictory representations of female form surrounding us - from the medical institute to the sanitised suggestions of female form in the built environment. Body Object links the decorative objects in the surgery waiting room to the reality beyond. By playfully exposing the contradictions in how we respond to representations of the female body, it is ultimately conveyed as unseen. 

Image credit: Untitled, 2018, Graphite on paper, photo by Laura Taylor