If you missed Laura Splan’s talk at APSU Wednesday night, check out my summary on Country Life. Splan is fascinating, funny, and peculiar–all the things I love.
Splan’s work is killer. Check out lingerie made from cosmetic facial peels, embroidery on catheter bags, and blood wallpaper. By using materials of the body, Splan elevates it. In Blood Scarf (below), Splan knit a scarf with clear vinyl tubing that connects to an intravenous device emerging out of the user’s hand, filling the scarf with blood. The material that keeps the user warm paradoxically drains her lifeblood.
I’ll be fascinated to hear about her process and conceptual framework. Even her collage work evokes the fraught relationship between our bodies and nature, but without the usual, exhausting commentary about body image, media, and semiotics. What Splan is getting at is much deeper as she investigates our cultural ambivalence about the body.
The talk will occur in Trahern 401. Here’s a campus map.