Originals: Artist Alice Lang 3D scans herself to create series of 'boob and butt' mugs

in Inspiration / Crafts

In her ongoing series Alice Lang Originals, Brisbane-based artist Alice Lang crafts a range of interconnecting 'boob and butt' mugs made from a scaled down 3D body scan of herself. Each mug is cast in doll porcelain and hand painted to render an atomically correct replication of the artist's body, complete with nipples, freckles, moles and current pubic hair.

Although some would find these amusing, they are in fact inspired by novelty boob mugs which present a distillation of the objectified female body. Through her own atomically correct versions, she aims to subvert the symbolic value of the original objects through presenting a specific body rather than a cartoonish one.

What's more, these mugs force the drinker to cup or grip the breasts, bottom or groin in order to use them. As the New Museum of Contemporary Art explains: "This action is intended to instigate mindful social interaction by making the user playfully complicit in this parody of the objectification, dissemination and consumption of anonymous women's bodies. This interaction seeks to examine the female body as the site of objectification and explore how women can enact ownership and agency over their own body within this complicated context."

Alice graduated from the MFA program at CalArts in 2015 and has completed residencies in Canada, New York and Los Angeles. She has been the recipient of awards such as the Queensland Art Gallery Melville Haysom Scholarship (2009), Australia Council New Work Grant (2012), Lord Mayors Emerging Artist Fellowship (2012) and the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists (2013). She is a founding co-director of LEVEL – an artist-run-initiative in Brisbane and is represented by Karen Woodbury Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. Discover more of her work at www.alicelang.com.

Via Artnau

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