PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
My arts practice and research outputs are generated by a ‘thinking through making’ approach, using my creativity to open up paths of inquiry that are initiated by my engagement with materials and the forms being created. Examples of which are the use of ‘nude’ tights, seen as pseudo skins, and whilst interacting with them I created the ‘Life sucks’ works which opened up research into the sagging skin and the coding of the feminine on the surface of the body. Many of the other works, mainly consisting of soft sculptures, textiles and drawings, take on this discursive approach and all largely focus on the visceral or skin as the main motifs.
Detail of Life Sucks, 2013
Untitled (connector), 2013 by Rebecca D Harris. Tights and plumbing connector 13 x 13 x 5 cm Evolving from the stop tap and sagging breasts artworks, this piece explores both aspects, uniting both the bio-mechanical interventions in treating the obese body and subsequent sagging skin.
I use textiles and found objects that metaphorically or metonymically reference the inside and outside of the human body, which questions both physical and social elements of tension, control and restriction. In particular, I focus on the ‘deviant’ female body and I situate my own fat body as an axis for research.
Untitled (two plugs), 2014
sink plugs, embroidery hoops, stuffing and tights
26 x 36 x 5 cm
Adopting an auto-ethnographical methodology I use my own personal experiences to explore social attitudes towards the female fat body. I aim for a non-didactic obesity reading, wanting a more subtle approach that offers an alternative paradigm to the subject matter. Furthermore, I am very interested in the affective potential of the autonomous artworks which oscillate in readings of the sexual, repulsion and humor.