Cosmopolitan Bodies

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Cosmopolitan Bodies (#1, #2, #3, #4), Claire Pearce, 2019, C-type photographic print, 21cm x 29.7cm (edition of 4) 

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Cosmopolitan Bodies (#1, #2, #3, #4), Claire Pearce, 2019, C-type photographic print (framed), 21cm x 29.7cm (edition of 4)

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019 

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Cosmopolitan Bodies #1, Claire Pearce, 2019, C-type photographic print, 21cm x 29.7cm

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019 

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Detail from Cosmopolitan Bodies, Claire Pearce, 2019, printed paper chains, dimensions variable 

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

 
©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Cosmopolitan Bodies, Claire Pearce, 2019, spray painted mannequin legs, air-dry clay, pigment, emulsion and acrylic paint, glitter, gloss, printed paper chains, shoes, dimensions variable

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

 
©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Detail from Cosmopolitan Bodies, Claire Pearce, 2019, emulsion, dimensions variable 

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Detail from Cosmopolitan Bodies, Claire Pearce, 2019, spray painted mannequin legs, air-dry clay, pigment, emulsion and acrylic paint, glitter, gloss, printed paper chains, dimensions variable

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019 

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

Detail from Cosmopolitan Bodies, Claire Pearce, 2019, printed paper chains, dimensions variable

©Claire Pearce. All Rights Reserved 2019

 

Cosmopolitan Bodies is a series of works which derive from collaged images of female body parts cut from the pages of Cosmopolitan, a popular UK women’s fashion and lifestyle magazine.  

A series of four full-colour prints show carefully separated collages which divide the female body into categories of face, hair, body, arms and legs. The bodies presented show a particular portrait of diversity in female bodies as seen through the lens of the magazine and the edited images confuse the reading of the real and the fictionalized female body.

These collages also exist as imagery on paperchains in an installation which works alongside the coloured prints. The paperchains replicate the process of collaging in that once again the image of the body is cut into before being carefully repaired to create a new form. Using a tonal variety of pinks, the linked paperchains speak more to the internal body, as opposed to the surface of the magazine. This is reiterated as the paperchains spill out from vibrant blue mannequin legs with oozing wounds in a deflated heap at the base of the hanging paperchains.