Body to Body
Exhibition Opening: 6:00pm - 8:00pm 16 November 2012
Exhibition: 17 November 2012 - 1 December 2012
Body to Body is an exhibition of new works by Ellen Pittman Objects presented in ‘Body to Body’ replicate the surface of butchered meat, replacing blood for precious metal. The material juxtaposition cushions the viewer from implicit horror, removing stains of reality: flesh, fluid, death; not unlike the process used by the meat industry to emotionally sanitise the consumption of meat. The designs examine, replicate and recast the surface of butchered meat, reformed into items of jewellery to be worn on the body. The works exhibited in Body to Body furthers the exploration of the social consequences of touch: how touch affects our understanding of ownership and belonging, and how the perceived result of social or moral transgressions can be manipulated by beauty. The designs examine, replicate and recast the surface of butchered meat, reformed into items of jewellery to be worn on the body. The process of casting offers the opportunity to partially abstract the image that is represented, through the addition of inorganic angles and geometric cropping and by replacing the red of blood with the brilliance of a precious metal. In doing so, the viewer is cushioned from the object’s implicit horror by removing the immediate stains of reality: flesh, fluid, death. This is not unlike the process used by the meat industry to emotionally sanitise the consumption of meat: chop, crop and package. The resulting cast impressions of meat will appeal to the eye and the fingertips and once worn on the body, will create a dynamic of ownership between the wearer and the image’s origins. The narratives of beast and human will entwine through the contact of their flesh.