Lundberg, Joanna N. Y.
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“As an artist, I am interested in exploring the boundaries between technology and the human body as they are increasingly revealed as tenuous, shifting, and unstable. The technological artifact or tool can no longer be seen as external to the body. The corporeal and the artificial have been integrated with the engineering of prosthetic extensions that move away from or into the body. Advancements in communications technology are changing the way information is taken into and expelled from the body. Increasingly penetrated by technology, we may no longer conceive of the body as a closed system. With this in mind, I chose to focus on hollow, tapering forms. The forms are appealing in that they simultaneously suggest growth and decay, interiority and exteriority, and extension and contraction. The "organic" materials of wax and string which comprise the exteriors of these forms are reminiscent of the body, resembling flesh and hair, and contrast with the found "industrial" components, the steel coil and aluminum conduit tubing, which make up the interiors. The wax and string retain their intrinsic colors, pale shades of yellow and beige, making the objects at once more legible (in their material composition) and less legible (as recognizable consumer goods). Additionally, the works are executed in a deliberately "human" scale, inviting the viewer to consider what the function or identity of these objects is in relation to his or her own body.”