Art student blog getting ready to be deleted.
Blog I actually use can be found here.

Aug 21
“There’s a history of art that has nothing to do with identity. It’s kind of about white male identity, but they’re figuring out this interior space. Pop is about mass media, minimalism is about form. That has nothing to do with white maleness, but that has everything to do with white maleness. When you have women and people of different nationalities making work, you don’t have the luxury of dealing with these ephemeral topics. You have to deal with your experience of the world and the margin you exist in.”

Jayson Musson. (via aleimina)

there it is 

(via siguanaba)

(via revolutionaryperformance)


Aug 16
noemas:

“The weaker sex under the microscope”

noemas:

“The weaker sex under the microscope”

(via male-tears)


May 19

veganhugs:

“I’m one of the few nice guys left” say 300,000 manchildren in unison

(via lady-brain)


Mar 13
Preview of my bronze sculpture. 
Vulva Breast Cocoon (detail, process)
Francesca Mendaglio
2013
bronze

Preview of my bronze sculpture.

Vulva Breast Cocoon (detail, process)

Francesca Mendaglio

2013

bronze


Mar 8
1:10 scale model of upcoming sculpture work. Working title: Anxiety Cocoon. 
Yarn, resin, wax.

1:10 scale model of upcoming sculpture work. Working title: Anxiety Cocoon.
Yarn, resin, wax.


Mar 7

Anatomy Study

2013


Feb 28

thereisaloveinmeraging:

I finished Anxiety Blanket no.1 yesterday. This is the first time I got to see it’s full surface area and it’s pretty huge. It’s the same size as the comforter for our Queen size bed. I’m so ridiculously happy with how it came out. 1 visible mistake and it’s not even structurally significant- as in, it won’t unravel or ruin anything in the long run. It took exactly two weeks to knit, and I worked on it significantly less in the second week. Currently working on how to fit this type of work in my art/school work.

So so so proud of myself.


Feb 17

Wax sculpture to be cast in bronze.


2013


Dec 11
Forgot to post this.
Genital face.
2012.

Forgot to post this.

Genital face.

2012.


Dec 10
Hour 1 of a new project I started tonight. Doesn’t look like much yet but it will be a wearable work made out of knotted yarn because I am too lazy and too excited to start this piece to learn to crotchet right now. I like this trend of make-do-techniques  I’ve started with fibers.

Hour 1 of a new project I started tonight. Doesn’t look like much yet but it will be a wearable work made out of knotted yarn because I am too lazy and too excited to start this piece to learn to crotchet right now. I like this trend of make-do-techniques I’ve started with fibers.


Dec 8

Not being able to post work because I’m making it for a follower makes me sad.

It does mean that in a few weeks there’ll be a nice backlog of new work.


Dec 3
Plaster Painting Process.

Plaster Painting Process.



Dec 2

Braid Piece: An unintentionally subtle piece about rape culture

I posted my most recent work, Braid Piece  to my art blog on Friday. 

For this work I braided long bundles of twine together using my body as a mechanism for creation by not involving any outside materials or tools to aid in the work’s process (other than scissors to cut excess). Each tier 1 braid took between 1.5 and 3 hours to make and more braids were created from these braids and so on for 4 tiers. 

Due to the limited number of elements within the work, as well as the extended, personal process, it spoke to me about many themes and motifs. The bond and relationship between artist and artwork is very apparent in this work. It is the hope of every artist that you put enough of yourself, (your ideas, energy, time, passion, etc) in to the work that eventually it can stand up on its own without the artist. And isn’t that also the wish of every mother? This theme is particularly apparent because I chose not to continue the performance in its final presentation. The five stages showcase enough of the process, and represent enough time for the work to be satisfying without my presence. 

Although I knew that this piece held a wide range of interpretations, it wasn’t until Friday when I realized what this really was: a visual representation of my time at home. Now I know that that does not immediately imply a theme related to rape culture, so allow me to explain.

This piece was conceived during a period in time in which I needed something to do with my hands while I was at home watching tv. Being at school - and especially in the male heavy studio - was becoming too anxious of an experience for me to continue to do work there. Each braid movement directly represents a moment in which I could not leave my apartment. During the day it was due to anxiety of being in the studio with men that I did not feel respected me, and at night it was due to the fear of going out after dark. I’m not part of the club culture. When I do go out at night, it has to be earned by a particularly good show. I (like many women I know) am much more afraid to go out after dark (which in the winter can start at 5pm) and have had this fear instilled in me since a very young age (let’s say 6 years old- the first time I wasn’t allowed to walk down the street alone [during daylight]). I put an extreme amount of effort in ensuring my safety which often means getting back to the safety of my home as soon as I possibly can. As I have limited space and a cat who enjoys eating everything, it is a constant struggle to continue to be productive while staying in my home. And that’s what these braids are. These braids showcase the “productive” process I have to have in my home because I am so afraid of being in the world. 

Some might argue that this sounds like an extreme case of anxiety disorder but people who know me will be the first to point out that I am a high functioning artist who is currently handling a maximum course load quite well. Most people I interact with are surprised to hear that these things are constantly being thrown around in my brain. But this is not about the anxiety that I feel during social interactions. This is about avoiding/limiting circumstances that may lead to personal harm (mental or physical) because I am a woman.  This keeps me in the home, ironically, exactly where the patriarchy believes I belong, doing a type of “women’s work” (braiding) because of the danger (physical and mental) that I am exposed to anywhere else in the world but the confines of my home. 


Dec 1
Plaster painting after several hours.

Plaster painting after several hours.


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