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Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection; Gray's School of Art Sculpture Collection
Object Type: Sculpture
Artist/Maker: Fry, Rebecca
Date: 2015
Media/Materials: plaster
Dimensions: object 1: 14 cm x 4 cm; object 2: 14 cm x 5 cm; object 3: 13.5 cm x 4.5 cm; object 4: 13.6 cm x 4.75 cm; object 5: 13.5 cm x 5.5 cm; object 6: 13.5 cm x 4.5 cm; object 7: 14 cm x 6.5 cm; object 8: 13.5 cm x 4 cm


8 circular plaster casts representing and evocative of female genitalia. Use of the negative space of oranges, tangerines and satsumas.

The artist has described the artwork as: 'Each plaster cast is suggestive of the Yoni. The circle of eight circles symbolise the lifecycle, the symbol of infinity and DNA. The forms that have been cast, suggest representation of the lifespan, within themselves through being a natural material from nature, which grows, lives, ages and eventually fades. Each cast is different and beautifully imperfect like most bodies and body parts can be.The Vesica Pisces is within nature and the human body, we are nature, we are connection, shape and form. It is the shape of creation. Negative space cast brings thoughts and awareness to gendered binary oppositions. Nature doesn’t label; it just is. I commemorate the form in a ritualistic process.'

We begin to live and age.

When something is cast, it is frozen in time, its reality is paused and it becomes a different form of its negative space.

Only when the negative space is cast, does it become a copy, a repeat of its existence.

Existence is the positive space and the positive space needs the negative space to exist.

This is balance.

Our own existence starts from birth and continues through our lives until death.

Using materials as metaphors I represent the life cycle and the human connection with nature. Not just through the process of fertility, growth and aging, but through shape and organic form.

My artists practice directly confronts gendered binary oppositions through the nature-culture and male-female, absence-presence dichotomies. I address gender and transgender identity.

My work symbolically represents sexual objectification and challenges societies set standards about beauty and perfection, through subtle representation with a balance of ‘visceral essentia’.

In my work I address sexual liberation but I also address oppression such as exploitation and abuse. The Damage and repair, which is represented within my work communicates awareness surrounding these issues.

As soon as we are born we begin to die,

I closely compare the fragility of the earth to the fragility of human life and believe that damage to the earth and the environment is damage to us, the abuse of one directly affects the other.

I am greatly inspired by Louise Bourgeois by her use of male and female body parts and interest in Hysteria.

By ’displaying’ a body part, I draw attention to it and play with notions of its connotations and representation.

I commemorate the female form in a ritualistic process.
Object Number: ABDRG2015.43