Protean (A Retracing)
You are warmly invited to an exhibition of new work by Emily Woolley.
Woolley’s practice uses the body as a site through which they explore different ideas around vulnerability, permeability, protean experiences of womanhood and the threshold (in its many possible iterations) as a site of accountability and exchange. Their sculptures coalesce these themes through a generative haptic experience.
Protean (A Retracing) is a new articulation of these ideas.
Made by embedding steel inside cast silicone planes the two sculptures on display can be repeatedly bent and shaped; playfully questioning the onus traditionally placed in sculpture practice on final form.
The inner face of each sculpture is textured with goosebumps cast from the artist's inner thigh. For Woolley the stretch of skin that spans the crease between the top of the inner thigh and the crotch is one possible iteration of the threshold. Printed into silicone this texture is both intimately familiar and decidedly alien. By employing bodily traces, fleshy textures and stand-in corporeal elements Woolley's work forces the viewer’s body to become an implicit component of the encounter.
Through her work Woolley hopes to use the haptic as a technique of knowing; encouraging the viewer to consider the wider social and emotional web in which their physiological selves are embedded.