It is about time! Spencer Malinski is my dear friend and roommate and has just launched her own business. She is a genius in all things creative, but has decided to concentrate specifically on handbags. She has a website up and running that you can see here OR you can just head on over to her etsy shop here.
used a handful of qualities as tools to create abstracted forms that pertain to
either “femininity” or “masculinity”.I
chose the words “light”, “grouped”, and “soft” as the basis of femininity.“Dark”, “hard”, and “distant” served as the
words to inform the “masculine” piece.In the feminine piece, the structures overlap one another and seem like
individual containers.There are more
complexities in this piece due to the intricacy of stitching and transparent
intersecting cut-outs.The masculine piece
is very geometric and simple.It is two
pieces of solid forms that stand apart from each other, distant. I began
working on these two works with particular words informing my decisions
throughout the process, whether it be color, mark making, form, shape, or
Etching, Chine Colle, Hand stitched Embroidery on Japanese and Western Papers
These pieces serve as the initial point of a larger body of work exploring “Masculinity” and “Femininity.” These ideas are constantly being reformed by each individual’s distinct definition and experience. Within our culture, the lines between these two are slowly blurring, yet we still connect certain words or qualities to them. I want to begin this new exploration and body of work as a simple statement of viewing these two ideas or words as separate entities made up of the same core qualities as I have been conditioned to see them.The base of both of these pieces is a pattern that is inspired by cellular structures, reminiscent of a double helix.The pattern also takes on different shapes to each individual viewer, whether it may be musical notes, clothes on a line, or nests.I am combining both printmaking and fibers techniques in order to incorporate another layer of making distinctions between masculinity and femininity.
The series of three explores the relationship between feminine and masculine forms and their overlap.Each of these incorporate the helix-like structure but in three distinct ways.Quality of mark making as well as composition of these structures become very important in giving the viewer more information. This helix-like structure becomes a form of communication between each one of the parts: mimicking the physical communication within our bodies that dictate our gender.In the more so “feminine” piece, the shapes are overlapping and create interesting negative space.The mark making is scumbly and soft.The composition evokes fragility as the Japanese print suddenly ends with individual fraying fibers or a drooping end.In opposition to this piece, the form portraying more so the “masculine” side of things is straight and hard edged.The composition seems very erect in comparison to the droopiness of the other.The forms are simpler and the helix structures stand apart as isolated shapes.The other piece begins to explore where one definition begins and the other one ends.Each of the three pieces began with a few decisions such as color and mark making and then the shape and structure of these forms came about after many experimentations in arrangement.
All of my aesthetic decisions are informed by extensive list making exploring my own experience with gender and what I instinctually associate with them.I am hoping to continue this body of work by expanding this idea to different cultures, socioeconomic groups, and ages in order to get a larger perspective of the differences between “Femininity” and “Masculinity” and where they continue to overlap.
"My perfect day would be to make still life paintings for four hours in the studio, then draw from nature for three hours, and then make paintings at night of myself-never have to sleep. It's getting worse now... There is less time, and there is more to be done. When I was twenty three I had a lot of energy but didn't know what to do. There were other thing that I wanted to learn to get to this point. I don't regret it. I don't want to be young."