Sunday, 15 April 2012
I took Petra's kind encouragement about my dysphoria collages and made another work. Even though I've being studying technical drawing at the Slade for the past few months it was a conscious decision to apply the drawing styles of my pre-teen self in this work. I even went through my childhood sketchbooks to develop that style of my mark making and colour combinations. It was also kind of a reaction against my perfectionist tendencies when it comes to my academic work, choosing to create a piece that is intentionally an imperfect, flawed piece.
I felt that collage was an appropriate choice in expressing this theme, which is inspired by Tavi Gevinson style of referencing the aesthetics of existing pop culture to create something that is in turn deeply personal. The central image is actually drawn from a photograph of Disneyland she posted on her blog. The manner in which the aesthetics of Disnelyand has permeated into the collective imagination fascinates me, Henry Giroux's writing on the subject especially, I actually dedicated a chapter of my dissertation to the topic. It also echoes the impossibility of articulating dysphoria is in a clear and original way, for the language of gender and the body carries so much existing baggage.
In other news I am seeking the help of my good friend Danni to sort out the somewhat poor image display and somewhat unpredictable layout and formatting of this blog. So if you imagine posts as being prettier for the time being it would be much appreciated!