Whilst on a university trip to Ireland, I visited the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Here I was lucky to find a really interesting artist which relates to my assignment somewhat in a way that I am inspired. The artist I found was named Linder. Unluckily, (fair enough) we weren’t allowed to photograph her artwork, though I can remember it well and have found some of the body of work online.
The exhibition in which Linder was exhibiting her work at the IMMA is called Primal Architecture. It “borrows its title from an iconic work by the influential American Artist Mike Kelley in which the artist uses sculptural forms to map a history of his personal genealogy. Exploring ideas inherent in Kelley’s piece the exhibition brings together works by the Irish and international artists that further elaborate on Kelley’s interest in pseudo- autobiography, identity, power and nostalgia. Compromising sculpture, video, drawing, photography and performance, Primal Architecture unfurls as a sequence of chapters, each offering exhilarating interpretations of the human condition and the complex ways we encounter and narrate the world around us.”
From viewing the work myself, my interpretation of the work is that Linder is trying to point out the divide between men and women, the cultural expectations and stereotypes of women and the sexist treatment of their bodies. This is shown through the use of either pornographic or housewife/domestic magazine cut ups and stuck on either women’s faces or private parts of their body. The way they are placed is amusing, the work is effective in challenging the media’s exploitation of women. For example an iron montage being placed on a womans face, or a flower covering in between her legs. Here are some of her images I found online:
I like the way Linder uses montages to create mimic the stereotypes against women. I will think about using a similar tool to cover up women’s faces in my photographs to ensure that my work is purely about the hair.
Linder’s work challenges the the media’s exploitation of women, in particular their bodies by making amusing montages showing the sexist stereotypes in our culture. I want to do a similar thing with my work; I would like to provoke women to think about whether they dye their hair for the right reasons, make them acknowledge that this current societal pressure to look good only comes from us women and consumerism. Just think if we didn’t buy those beauty products or hair products, then economy would loose out and there would be no advertising, nothing to ‘live up to’. If women began feeling confident about themselves, then we all could. We need a new confident wave of feminism. Sadly this is very unlikely to happen.
On the way out of the exhibition, there was a cool little seated area where they had books by the artists in the exhibition. Here I found a couple of books by Linder.
Leaflet. Ireland: IMMA