Saturday, March 5, 2016

betty woodman: theatre of the domestic

Theatre of the domestic. Everyday spaces and objects are sites worthy of attention. And there is no distinction between the sacred and profane, between matter and spirit. Does materiality pushed to it's edges contain everything, doing away with false dichotomies?

Surface and space, the void and the manifest. Sculptured forms with flat motifs representing three dimensional forms, exposing the removals and displacements of representation in a kind of playful tunnelling.

Here the separation of art and the living, the wall and the spectator, is disrupted by the contrast between thinly painted backgrounds and the foregrounded ceramic objects, by the discordant relationship between surface, form and perspective, by the melding of painting and sculpture.