- RYOKO SUZUKI—Bind
Bind shows a woman who has to deal with her female sexuality. In this series, Suzuki bound herself with pigskin, which had been soaked in her own blood as a symbol of womanhood. Suzuki has said this work speaks to her transformation from a child to a woman and addresses both the anxiety and ignorance she felt at this point in her life
- MARINA ABRAMOVIC— Balkan Baroque
The original piece was performed in the Venice as part of the Biennale— Abramović sat cleaning the bones, amid blood and stench. The enormous, seemingly impossible and bloody task plays on her suffering, the artist’s inability to express or comprehend the enormity of the crimes and violence that make up her cultural history.
- ORLAN— carnal art
Orlan has undergone numerous plastic surgeries in an attempt to make herself look like her computer-generated collage, built from idealized figures from art history. The point, however, is not simply for Orlan literally to become a work of art—each operation is treated as a performance piece in its own right. Orlan only allows herself to be given local anesthetics and thus is able, from the operating table, to direct the transformation of the surgical theater into her personal performance space.
- MARY COBLE— blood script
Blood Script was a live performance piece that took place at the PULSE Art Fair at Pier 40 in New York City, New York in 2008. The artist meticulously documented inscriptions from three previous performances and compiled a list of over 200 hateful words and phrases that had been written on her in marker, by viewers, in various languages. For Blood Script, the artist had 75 of the most common words tattooed onto her skin, without ink. Using decorative letters, she attempts to play with the dichotomy between the beautiful visual form of the words and the ugly meanings they convey semantically.
*for ISSUES & IMAGES: flesh + blood lecture
a selection of female artists using blood as a medium in the production of art
Mary Coble. Untitled 3 (from Note to Self), 2005.
“Note to Self” was a twelve hour performance where the names of 438 gay, lesbian, bi and transgender individuals who were murdered due to hate crimes were tattooed onto the artist’s body using no ink.
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Fashioning Meat into Art: Carolee Schneemann, Zhang Huan and Lady Gaga
Artists Zhang Huan and Carolee Schneemann have both gained notoriety for their use of raw meat and other forms of animal products as a communicative tool within their artistic practice. Throughout recent years this use of meat has crept into popular culture, as embodied by Lady Gaga and her infamous meat dress. Read more »
Zhang Huan, 12 Square Meters, 14 June 1994. Performance, East Village, Beijing.
"In the weeks before the performance, Zhang Huan spent several days testing the attractiveness of different food products to the numerous flies that inhabited the public toilet used by the village chiefs where they lived. In the final performance of this work, Zhang Huan settled himself on a stool naked inside the public toilet. His entire body, covered in honey and fish oil, baked in the heat of the confined space that in summertime reached up to reaches up to 40 degrees Celsius. Soon thousands of flies were feasting on his body. Despite the horrible stench and tremendous heat, Zhang Huan managed to remain seated for another 40 minutes until he walked into the polluted pond behind the toilet to clean up." - Berghuis, Thomas J. “Performance and the Role of the Mediated Subject in Art, 1990-2000”
Patty Chang - Melon (At a Loss) (1998)
Patty narrates a story about the plate, which is made in honor of her aunt who had died. As she speaks, she slices through left sided and over-sized bra, which later becomes halved melon. The artist tied melon in front of her body as breast. She then gradually scoop out the melon with her hand and piles the seeds onto a plate balanced on her head. By eating the melon, she tells us the story of her aunt who died of breast cancer.
“As an artist, she’s known for site-specific and durational pieces, such as “I Scream,” which she performed in 2011 within earshot of a freefall ride in Sweden, where participants regularly shrieked. For several hours, [Marilyn] Arsem stood in the courtyard of a the nearby Museum of World Culture, letting 30 liters of peppermint ice cream melt in her arms, screaming in unison with the plummeting people.” - Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, March 21st 2013
Marina Abramovic, The Onion, 1996, video work
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“Fragmentation”, live models & plexiglas mirror, 2003, Bohyun Yoon.