The discarded body – Concealing, art historical borrowing and the redundant gesture as strategies in contemporary painting.
Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon
In recent years, there has been much research into feminism's impact on contemporary painting. It appears however that little has been done in relation to how painting processes are used to think through this impact, from the position of the contemporary practitioner. The term discarded body is constructed to address this issue. Its conceptual understanding emerges from post 1960s feminist critique of Kenneth Clark's art historical definition of the nude (1956). This conceptualisation of the discarded body is then considered in relation to the late 1980s re-emergence of the body in contemporary art.