Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Afro-Samba Bustle, May 2007

Materials and Dimensions:

  • Belt: Welded metal bar and tube, horse harness, black leather, 5 riding crops, white beads and various tartan fabrics. (Height: 90cm, Circumference: 92cm)

  • Eye piece: Eye-lash curlers, fake eye-lashes, black leather, white beads.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Feather-mouth piece, May 2007

Materials and Dimensions:

  • White Ostrich feathers, Silicone cast of negative space in my mouth.

  • Length (from tip of mouth piece to top of feather): 70cm, Diameter (at widest part of feathers): 50cm

Sunday, 27 May 2007

Collar, May 2007

Materials and Dimensions:

1 Man's white shirt, 4 collars from other men's white shirts. Collar size: 14.5"

Saturday, 26 May 2007

Butterfly Garter, May 2007

Materials and Dimensions:
12 bronze-cast butterflies, 2 clasps, chain hoops. Length: 64cm.

Saturday, 3 March 2007

'Struthio Camelus' Installation, 22nd February 2007

Wisky Barrel, Ostrich Feathers, Lens, 8" Speaker, Amp and Ostrich Sound.
85cm tall, 52 cm wide.

'Struthio Camelus':
Creating an accessory for my body which I had to put myself into rather than put on was the starting point for this piece. The combination of the chlostrophic feeling of the barrell filled with featheres and the sound used to make the featheres move made the piece an intense environemtn to 'wear'.

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

RSA exhibition, 10th to 21st February 2007.

'Springbok Stilts' as part of the RSA Student Exhibition.

Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Springbok Stilts, October 2006 to January 2007

Final image: Springbok Stilts worn at Meggatland Rugby Pitch, 13th January 2007.
Construction and Process:
Photographed in studio October 2006.
Stilts: 246 cm tall, 43 cm wide (at the widest part of the thigh),
29 cm deep (at the deepest part of the thigh).
Welded metal bar and metal plate for foot support.
First attempt at wearing the stilts, 16th November 2006, in studio.

Kilt’, photographed in studio 11th January 2007.
To be worn with Springbok Stilts, hand made from strips of tartan.
Kilt: 72 cm long, 38 cm wide, 21cm measured around waist from side-profile.

'Springbok Stilts':

‘Springbok Stilts’ explores the idea of a woman’s wish for long legs, and the perception of these as desirable. I was heavily influenced by South Africa and questions relating to my own identity, sparking research into associated themes of gender, nationality and perception.

Monday, 15 January 2007

Drawings: Springbok Stilts, January 2007

Charcoal on paper.

Charcoal and white pastel on paper.

Collage, pencil, ink, charcoal and white pastel.

Sunday, 14 January 2007

Installation, 27th October 2006

Project Space Collaboration: Projections by Jo Murray and 'Springbok Stilts' by Fiona Pender.

Installation:This instillation was a collaboration in which two individual works came together in a unified environment.
My ‘Springbok Stilts’ had already been created to be used in creating a separate work, however when the opportunity arose I decided to use them in the project room. I wanted the stilts to tackle the space they were in, hence why I had thought of lowering the ceiling so that the stilts could pierce through it into the unknown space above.
Jo had been filming in an old world war bunker in Fife, and was also keen to lower the ceiling in order to re-create the enclosed environment he had been filming in. It was also important to his work that the room be completely dark, technically it strengthened the quality of his projected films as well as echoing the enclosed feeling and the darkness of the bunker he had filmed in.

The two separate works complemented each other aesthetically and the sounds from Jo’s films added another dimension to the space, culminating in a work which was rich in symbols and meaning.