The body is a ‘fine art instrument’.
And we would be well and do well to not only listen to the messages the body communicates, and learn how to read body-language, as it speaks, spits and whistles through illness, but to use those messages in art forms.
Vanessa Beecroft’s provocative work combines elements of fashion and performance art, and is tied to her obsession with her eating disorder, exercise bulimia. Love it or loathe it, she has found a way to deal with her ‘reckless perfectionism’, which is the title of Judith Thurman’s article about Beecroft in The New Yorker.
After any invasive surgery, the body not only looks different, but it also feels different. Obviously. It behaves differently, communicates differently. Reconnecting with the changed landscape and language of my body after hysterectomy drove me to express that different landscape through paint.
Why? Menopause matters.