Monday, 30 April 2012

The Hymen and the Contact Lens.


So I’m coming to the end of my “degree” of fine art (and BA in bullshit) at CSM and can finally publish my thesis and what I’ve been thinking about for the past year and a half.


The hymen and the contact lens.


I began reading Derrida when I studied in Paris last year. I was interested in Truth in Art & Philosophy (a pretty weighty subject with thousands of years worth of material for me to get stuck into). I wanted to brush up on some French philosophers work seeing as I was living in Paris at the time. When in Rome and all that...


In Derrida’s The Truth in Painting, he referred to a "hymen which will draw it into undecidability will not be unrelated". By my interpretation, this hymen stood as a membrane in-between appearances.

I became fixated by his metaphor and this membrane soon became the premise of my painting as I explored its inherent potential.

I found a correlation in the properties of Derrida’s hymen, and the properties of a contact lens in the way both membranes created dichotomies: the hymen separated appearances just as my contact lenses separated appearances (two ways of seeing).

My line of inquiry involved structures of different ways of seeing and what was in-between them. What separated a binary of appearances and how did it affect their relationship?