What a week! Photography, sculpture, performance and today finally painting makes the cut for our series Sexual Deployment: The Body as Method for Discourse. Through these different mediums, we have seen how women use their bodies as a sculptural object, but also as a metaphor for larger political and social issues. Mexican artist Ana Teresa Fernández also utilizes the body in her performance-based work to explore issues related to women and sexuality.Her paintings display real performances where the artist carries out a series of domestic tasks usually relegated to women, such as vacuuming, ironing and sweeping. For her first performance-based paintings, Fernández painted women cleaning inside the domestic space dressed in tango attire, using the environment as her dueling partner. “I use the body as a device for exploration that pushes and pulls the space to its limits, activating it until one feels it pushing back,” the artist claims. Fernández then takes these actions outside of the domestic realm and into public spaces, where the act of cleaning and the dueling battle becomes a symbolic act of self-empowerment.
Images courtesy of Braunstein/Quay Gallery
- Sexual Deployment: Hannah Wilke
- Sexual Deployment: Regina José Galindo
- Sexual Deployment: Janine Antoni