NO WOMAN IS AN ISLAND
Curated by Sophia Cai
Blindside ARI, 2017
Artists: Carla Adams, Jessie Adams, Emily Besser, Clara Bradley, Frances Cannon, Jessica Cochrane, Zoe Croggon, Anna Farago, Kate Just, Anthea Kemp, Stephanie Leigh, Kim Leutwyler, Zoe Wong
No Woman is an Island was an ambitious group exhibition of Australian artists that focuses on female experience through the conceptual framework of the ‘female gaze’. Through the eyes of women artists, the exhibition explored the shift in perception that comes with different ages and phases of life. The artists engaged diverse practices to touch on a an array of relationships to womanhood and also explore the theme of woman as Object vs Subject – thereby challenging, complicating, and confronting the traditional notion of a ‘male gaze’ in art.
For No Woman is An Island, Just presented two works, a ready made sculpture of a fist entitled 'Protest/Bitch Fist' and a neon text piece 'FURIOUS.' The fist is a fist-shaped sex toy purchased online that simultaneously references the gesture of a feminist fist raised in resistance and the sexual practice of fisting. A mass produced object cast from a porn star's arm, the fist is granted status via its placement within a mirrored perspex box. Reimagined as an art-object, it encompasses a plurality in which female objectification, eroticism and agency to coexist. The neon text work FURIOUS is white and simmers lightly against a white wall. Created at the same time Just made the public banner work 'The Furies,' the word furious acknowledges female anger about violence against women. To see the other artist's works in the exhibition, and read more about it, visit the Blindside website here.