Bodily Objects brings together a selection of work by four feminist artists—Penny Slinger, Rose English, Renate Bertlmann, and Helen Chadwick—exploring ideas of surrealism, sexuality, and subversion. Through avant-garde performance, photography, collage, and sculpture, each artist developed unique and experimental ways in which to represent embodiment, often conflating the corporeal with the material, through blurring or substituting the body with objects, food, and flora. Whether libidinous, absurd, or menacing, the sustained tone is one of wry humour and satire, situated in resistance to the representation of women typified by the crude male gaze.
Featured image: Renate BERTLMANN
Tender Pantomimes: Pantomime Pacifier-Dance / Zärtliche Pantomimen. Pantomime Schnuller-Tanz, 1977
Gelatin silver print
Vintage and unique
10.5 x 10.5 cm (c) Richard Saltoun Gallery