Department of Fine Arts

Blanche & Romie Shapiro

Fine Art 2019, Graduate Exhibitions
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, 2019, Fine Arts

We are all naked beneath our clothes, a few millimeters of cloth separate our bodies, which we did not choose, from the safe world. We hide almost the same parts and are reluctant to reveal those things that we all have. We shit but are terrified of the smell, we even fear the sound of a fart. Natural actions are defined as "obscene", and that definition is imprinted within society’s lexicon.

the sculptures, pieces of clothing and clothes presented in the exhibition were dyed using the Batik technique – a traditional technique for painting and decorating fabrics, which originated in the island of Java, Indonesia, and is recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
In this technique, melted wax is applied to the fabric before it is colored, and in the spots the wax enters, the paint does not stick.

I use this technique because it allows me to work intuitively, without succumbing to the exhausting argument between the mind and the hand. Once the container holding the boiling wax is in hand, one must work very quickly, there is no time to think, and that creates a certain sense of randomness, since you cannot undo or fix what has been done.
Alongside the images, simple daily actions, sexual impulses and abundant expressions such as instinct, voyeurism, body, distortion and pleasure, are merged.

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