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Where Skin Stops
Marilyn Robert
1996

Proposal

There are up to fourteen- individual, life-size, handmade paper torsos in this installation. They are suspended from the ceiling with metallic monofilament, with the following exception. The five forms with straps are hung on a line. The walls are painted black.  [more]

Statement

While working on these pieces, my ideas flipped back and forth between body and clothing, a duality which continues to surface in my work. The gender identification is intentional and can be seen as a visual discussion about body image. Every age and culture asserts a precise notion of figurative beauty in the arts. And, we are influenced by those notions no matter how far we distance ourselves from them—visually or intellectually. Many people are captive to the form and that is the seduction.  [more]