Arts Degree Show2016

Isobelle Jones

My sculptures allow materials to serve artistic purposes which would otherwise exist for practical use. Dissected pillow cases juxtapose with teddy bear paws as I manipulate their properties to resemble the human body.

The sculptural series is made up of individual interpretations of myself at different life stages. Each sculpture represents a different decade in my life, from past to future; from a baby to an elderly woman. They explore the fragility of the human body and its adherence to the inevitable fact that we age and disintegrate, a thought which is made more unsettling by the structurally frail nature of the figures.

The masking tape and hand-stitched cotton which binds heavy parts together emphasises the temporary nature of our physicality; the parts will eventually collapse in the same way that we eventually die. The child figure is constructed with weak, peeling tape to suggest that one cannot preserve their current state forever.

My ‘random’ neighbouring of materials and rebellious attitude towards convention and proportion makes the work outlandish and humorous. The sculptures appear to partake in ordinary and familiar activities: applying lipstick, celebrating birthdays and simply sitting still, which contrasts to their extraordinary, distorted image.