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An exhibition , highlighting the damaging effects of objectification, imagining and creating CHANGE!
After yet another defeatist comment like ' Nothing you can do about it' and 'i see your point, but we all know that's not going to change in your life-time' i figured, like Michael Jackson already sung ......
If you wanna make the world a better place
TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND MAKE A CHANGE!
And then STOPJECTIFY was born....
So here i go, MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN.
But being an artist and having run a successful crowd-funding campaign for my last solo show #bigswingingovaries once before, i know that without YOU and YOUR HELP, it's pretty difficult, if not impossible.
Change can happen, and it can happen quick. And anybody that tries to convince you otherwise is generally just to afraid to dream big.....not me.
STOPJECTIFY is going to be a central London based group exhibition.
This is something much bigger than myself, that i feel will leave much greater impact if many creative thinkers and visionaries get together and produce an artistic expression of just how damaging objectification and the often directly related self-hate is.
Some sort of benchmark for all of us, to stop the unsolicited judgement of others and ourself,constantly happening in our head without any challenge,
- and turn it into an internal conversation each time it occurs, because realisation is the first step to actually create change.
The other and hopefully even bigger part of the show, will be art which dares to imagine an alternative reality. One where we are much more conscious about what we say and do to each other and the impact that it has.
To get people involved from all over the globe ( because this is something we ALL have to deal with) i want the submission process to be as accessible as possible.
What many of you are not aware of, but all of my artistic fellows know far to well, is that to get our work in front of an audience, we already have to pay frequently and not small amounts of money either, which often doesn't even guarantee that the work will be exhibited, which leaves us artists with a tricky loop to overcome.
To sell art you need to establish yourself, to establish yourself, you need to get your work seen as much as possible, to do that you need money, to make money you have to sell art, or get another job to support your art-making, which sadly often means that artists haven't got enough time to actually make art....
you see what i am getting at.
SO to fund this show, I NEED YOUR HELP!
This is also the point in the campaign where i am asking YOU to submit work!
If you are an artist and you want to submit your work resonating with the project and points below, please head over to www.bigswingingovaries.com/stopjectify
and fill out the submission form. To me it is irrelevant when the work was produced as i believe that a lot of art is made before it's time and don't want to limit this exhibition by silly time-restrictions.
What i am looking for in this exhibition is art that :
• defines objectification as one of our universal root problems
• Addresses gender inequalities and social taboos
with regards to objectification
• Explores the difference between consensual roleplay
and everyday misogyny and objectification
• Imagines an alternative, more compassionate
reality where people are more conscious of their
behaviours towards others
Objectification isn't exclusively a gender Problem, it is THE problem, or more to the point- the cause of most of the problems we have in the world today.
The hate and violence against refugees and migrants is also the result of objectifying people.
If we had more empathy and for want of a better word "humanification" towards people from other cultures and countries, we wouldn't have a refugee crisis. In other words, we wouldn't have refugees, because there wouldn't be poverty, misery and war in the world.
( the last part is a direct quote from my brother and had to be added due to it's poignance!)
Please do understand that of course not all art submitted can be accepted, as i am expecting a high attendance and above all the show needs to work as a whole message.
So if your work doesn't get selected, PLEASE don't take that as a comment on your artistic ability, our friendship or let it stop you from submitting works in the future. It might just mean that somebody submitted work similar to yours already or that in the big picture it just didn't fit with this particular show. ( i know everybody is sensitive about their art ;)
I have secured the ground-floor space of central London Gallery, which means the exhibition will be easily accessible ( because trust me, accessibility is a major factor for people to go and see art), it also means that it's not cheap...
In order to allow artists to purely concentrate on creating and submitting work which will fit the brief and inspire you, me and all of us in the process, i need your collective help to pay for this project because if everybody puts in a little, we will all get a lot out of this!
Other costs will be for setting up,taking down and marketing of the exhibit, as well as for the general assistance i will need to pull this off!
The gallery has a downstairs too, which i want to hire as well, but to not lay all the financial burden on you, i will also submit an application to the arts council to match-fund my,... our project, as soon as the campaign is up and running because,
I REALLY BELIEVE IN THIS!!
THE REWARDS AND THE HELPERS
One of the many reasons i am massively excited about this project, is that already so many beautiful people have been helping to get it of the ground.
From Mr Nick Smith, my forever trusted friend and web-designer who makes all my design dreams come true in exchange for haircuts :) .
Mr David Hay who is a producer and pulled in favors left right and center to help me make the video! Richard Topping who kindly got involved and did an incredible job filming me after only knowing of me and my quest for the better part of a day..! Ben Hume- Paton who patently and brilliantly did the edit and whom i have yet to meet. James Downham, one of my hairdressing customers whom i roped in last minute to take over the sound part of the video ( free haircuts for you too James ;)) and Teddy Lamb, Lucy Frost and Nika Obydzinsky , the 3 volunteers who i was allowed to physically label in public ;P
Teddy specifically because he helped me getting over my nerves and assisted all day with the filming!!!
Not to mention ( tho i will on my website ) the awesome folks that did the subtitle translations for my script so that more people get the message,...literally!!
You see people are amazing!!!!
The other surprise on this project is, that some of my artist friends have actually offered to get involved with the rewards ( imagine that..they believe in me and my drive so much that they give their time and work for free <3)
So there is Anne 'Blondie' Bengard, an incredibly talented artist who will blow you away with her water-colour skills!! She not only offered 4 limited edition signed and numbered giclee prints of herpopular piece 'Sweet Tooth' ( below)...
but if that wasn't enough, she added custom A2 watercolour portraits for £450 each.
You provide a photo of yourself or anyone you want painted, from the bust up, and Anne will create an original art work in her unmistakable style!!!
Next up is the wonderful HarlotteVonCharlotte. Another incredible artist friend of mine who produced the A5 piece below, of which the original will be available as well as signed and numbered geclee prints that come as part of the Stopjectify pack that includes several prints of contributing artists!
Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick 's pencil skills and never ending creativity blow me away on a regular basis, so needless to say that i am massively grateful that he picked up his pencil weapon and drew not 1 but 3 A5 panels for STOPJECTIFY of which each comes at a price of £100 and the limited and signed prints will be also part of the pack!
Another wonderful artist and contributor to the rewards is my good friend Jane Moore. She is supporting my campaign by giving me some of her original drawings from her own 'sketch a day project' as well as one print! .
And of course this wouldn't be my project if i didn't create something for it myself. So below is my embroidery "understand that you are so much more than just parts" , of which prints will also be available in the pack as well as a limited number of A4 art prints aaaand the embroideries below too!!
As you can see in the reward section on the right,
i will also be stitching a limited number of custom embroidery portraits of you that will be mounted on n A4 board for £350 each. That is special as i have otherwise decided to not do custom work anymore as it just takes to much time away from my quest to change the world. So if custom is what you are after, here is your pop!
The other custom options created by me and at a greater cost due to obvious reasons, are my custom Retex Portraits at an A2 size for £1500 like the ones you see below
Other ( and less costly) rewards include STOPJECTIFY t-sirts, tote bags, Sticker-packs, A4 art prints , Patches, Badges AND 'Cats against Cat calling' T-shirts ;)
And then of course there is always the option of just donating money and saving me from the taxman ;)
So all in all you see that i will make this happen no matter what!
It would just be so much more powerful if you would be a part of it!!
Lots of Love and thanks for taking the time to read!!
Jess de Wahls
Put the needle on the record is the name of a current group show at the Twilight Gallery in seattle, curated by the fabulous ellen Schinderman of www.schindermania.com
In her own words :
Put the Needle on the Record explores the constant connection between visual art and music. Cover art has been a part of the music experience since the first pieces of sheet music were published. Photos and portraits of musicians catch out imagination and allow us to feel what it might have been like to be there, at that show……
My contribution to the show was a whole new chanllenge in scale and size fr my retex sculpture. The portrait is based on the Bjork cover of her Homogenic album, designed by Alexander Mc Queen.
This was all new as the piece is much smaller than the pieces i had produced so far as well as the fact that i usually work with several pictures to reference the 3D quality of my work, tho in this case there was only the cover to work from.
Needles to say i am rather thrilled with the result and am more than pleased that she arrived safe and sound at the Gallery.
I also hand embroidered the #bigswingingovaries version of the iconic Technics Dj slip mats to go with the theme.
All in all the show looks fabulous and i regretfully couldn't attend the opening! That however doesn't mean that you can't ;)
It will still be running until the 15th of september , with events happening along the way https://www.facebook.com/events/1441605729499546/
As of late I have really been getting into Embroidery, and very soon the result of that new found obsession will be for sale all over my Etsy account soon.If you want to be one of the first ones to know when exactly I'm going to open shop- go ahead and sign up for my newsletter on here! It's also the best way to find out about any upcoming shows and all things Big swinging Ovaries. All that said, I'm going to indulge you with some embroidery I made over the past 6 month :) enjoy!
Good monday morning to you too.
I wanted to write a post about what i did last weekend as i thoroughly enjoyed it and figured, so much joy must be shared.
so here it goes: around 5 weeks ago i received the brilliant message that i had won a Tambour Beading course with Hand & Lock London, for submitting the below picture to a price give away on instagram.
This was my first ever attempt in proper embroidery, i.e silk shading and needles to say i was, -i am proud as punch that it won me the course.
Long story short, it finally happened last weekend and it was brilliant!
Jess, our teacher ( yes yes, i know, great name...!) Was lovely, patient and explained everything to us keen beginner tambourians (...!) to the point that we were all able to get some beads on some opaque fabric by the end of the course.
I am a pretty fast learner, tho i have to admit that Tambour beading is certainly only something for you if patience is one of your strengths.
Tambour beading is a quick way of applying beads and sequins, once you have mastered the technique.
Once we kind of got what we were supposed to do, we moved on to actually transferring a design and actually applying beads, which was great fun!
Having learned the basics, we spend the morning with adding to the design of the previous day, i tried sequins, which is pretty tedious but once you get it, it's fun!
Pretty soon most of us where keen to try our hands on the 'not so easy' opaque fabric on which you mainly work by feeling , rather than seeing the beads you are working with, as the design is always facing away from you.
I decided on lovely Liberty fabric and drew a flower on it.
The beads i chose where miniscule and therefore very labour intensive, but as with all that i do, i like to apply repetition to learn as fast as possible.
So by the end of the day i had made a tiny beads flower and can confidently say- i certainly know how to Tambour bead now!!
In order to keep practicing, i actually bought he Tambour needle and hook i worked with and i will certainly work on incorporating this new learned skill into future retex sculptures of mine!
What's left to say is that i can't recommend this course enough!
So if you are a keen crafts person, go and have a look at what else they have to offer. You won't regret it!!
'CHANNELING THE GREAT'
- is a piece that, without further ado just had to happen!
At any given moment in time i usually have a number of pieces in my head, which i am planning to realize at some point in the future.
This wasn't one of them.
So far, most of my pieces have been on the larger side of things and i decided after the 'Gia' commission that it was time for some smaller pieces to broaden my range.
With that in mind and the Brick Lane Gallery group show vastly approaching, 'CHANNELING THE GREAT' started to materialize in my head .
I guess it's basically a multi-homage to people i admire,- artists that inspire me and who helped defining what me and my art has grown into and continues to grow into.So in case you haven't figured all of them out, here goes: Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian an Jann Harworth, who as i recently found out , is one of the pioneers of soft sculpture.Also, in the unlikely event of you missing it ...#bigswingingovaries is of course part of it too.
So that's really it! 'art in mind' was a lovely little first outing for this piece and i am sure more will follow till it finds it forever home.
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Dr Ronx is part of a series of hand-sewn relief portraits of inspiring female role-models created from upcycled clothing.
Being a real life London gal as well as a Doctor, i chose to create her portrait as part of my #bigswingingovaries series.
To me Ronx is the visualisation of tenacity and perseverance,- proof that through hard work your dreams can come true.