Just as body hair can elicit conflicting feelings of attraction and repulsion, sweat also creates push/pull responses depending on the social situation. Sweat can be highly sexualized, as seen in music videos with beads of sweat running down the bosom of an attractive woman; sweat can be easily offensive, like when we consider the wet pit stains of a construction worker in the heat of the day.
The Sweat Print series came about when thinking about the female body in an athletic physical setting. Created with cosmetics (or watercolor) and workout sweat on thin, fragile papers, they serve as a nod to Mary Kelly’s Post Partum Document. Though there is a bit of a poke at abstract expressionist works, the prints still relish in the beauty of simple mark making, implementing my own body as an artistic instrument and my sweat as the medium.
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