Friday, 18 May 2012

10 days to go...Derrida's Hymen

Derrida’s specific use of the word hymen had underlying meaning. In Greek and Latin mythology the word "hymen" referred to the God of matrimony and the union of a man and woman in wedlock. In medical terms, the hymen is a membrane which partially closes the opening of the vagina acting as a protective screen. This invisible veil does not only stand in-between the inside and outside of a woman's vagina, but also a man’s desire. Two contradictory characteristics which imply both communion and obstruction, however, Derrida’s use of the word suggests neither fusion nor separation, but something between the two.

My initial objectives in my practice began to transform under Derrida’s influence. Not only did I questioned what was in-between a binary of appearances, but how it affected their relationship. I used this metaphor of the membrane, which remained in-between, as stimulus to explore its properties as an obstructor, mediator or translator between appearances side of their dichotomy.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Very small present for Janusz 80th Birthday! (available for commision)