I have a fascination for robotic technologies and a general interest in technology. These paintings below, as well as the work shown in my grad show in 2010 begin to explore the relationship between robotechnology and what it means to be human, technology and eroticism, particularly the the fetishisation of technology and even the spiritual existence of the things we humans make.
I apologise for the poor quality of some of these photographs
Ghost in the Machine 3, 2010 by Suzy Keene
Ghost in the Machine 1, 2009 by Suzy Keene
Ghost in the Machine 2, 2009 by Suzy Keene
Study, Sing a Song of Love (Magritte remix)
Studies for Song of Lust (Di Chirico remix) , 2010
Robot Girl, 2009 by Suzy Keene
Blue, Green but not Red, 2009 Diptych by Suzy Keene
I wanted to share photos of my art installation at the grad show, December 2010. These were first shared on an old blog of mine (on 24th February 2011). I majored in Painting at ANU Art School, with a minor in Sound Art and I was immensely honoured when I was given the opportunity to create an installation at the 11th hour. The culmination of a year of hard work, I felt immensely proud to see and hear my paintings, drawings, and sound art in dialogue with each other, and the viewing public.
Red and silver Gaffer tap was placed on the floor and up the walls in a circuit board-inspired design. Forget the umbrella. The image on the room divider is a drawing using nails, USB cables and black electrical wire.
The image doesn’t show it very well but the maquette on the plinth is a female form that has USB and sound cables emerging from her head, connected to an external box. Red electrical wires emerge from the head into the neck and down into the body cavity. The maquette was cobbled together in a day, with help from friends (thanks Amy & Alex). It’s very crude but the idea came through – children recognised it as a robot straight away. I had to remove the headphones – despite the sound emitting from them most people didn’t use them. The cd player was behind the fabric and so I just softly played the looped soundtrack.
This corner had a distinctly different feel to the paintings, and that is of course the nature of graphite and watercolours. They were created with a very different frame of mind.
The experience of creating an installation was worth its weight in gold. In regards to material practice, all the rectangular paintings were painted with oil on linen, works on paper were a combination of watercolour and graphite on 300gsm rough watercolour paper and the one square painting is acrylic on canvas.
“Song of Love (di Chirico remix)” by Suzy Keene, 2010
“We asked them for their opinion and they have given it to us. It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming. It is our job now to get on with it … It is fair. The people have voted yes for marriage equality. Now it is our job to deliver it” – PM Malcolm Turnball
Yesterday was an important day in Australian history: the 15th November 2017, the day the results of a postal survey asking if we supported equal marriage rights were announced. For many of my friends and acquaintances yesterday was an emotional day as it affected their lives personally – either in their LGBTIQ identity or as an allied family member or friend.
I noticed numerous rainbows posted in various social media accounts yesterday.: people were determined to make it a positive day even if the results had been a resounding NO, and I am so grateful and happy that a clear majority of Australians said YES, believing it is time to bring social justice to a group of people who have been denied the right to marry those they love dearly. Yesterday was a celebration and a relief for many people, who have been sickened and distressed by the surge in homophobia in Australian society as the No campaign got underway.
The No campaign focus has been on the perceived consequences of same-sex marriage: loss of religious freedom, loss of right to free speech; the denial of children’s human rights to having heterosexual parents, and exposure to ideas about gender diversity, intersex and sexual diversity taught in schools. The campaign has fuelled homophobic pamphlets and comments on social media, attacks on property and assault against the LGBTIQA communities around Australia. See news reports below.
Yet this welcome result wasn’t for a referendum, but a postal survey, so the results don’t guarantee that the will of the majority will be enacted in Parliament. The issue now is getting legislation introduced and passed through Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament by Christmas 2017, as our Prime Minister pledged. I expect that there will still be times that will be painful, but I’m certain that my beloved friends and acquaintances will get to marry the people they love.
Just as people shouldn’t have to defend their decision to have many sexual partners, they shouldn’t have to defend their decision to have few or none. We already judge women by their sex lives too much, and we don’t need more of that from within the feminist community.
Feminism should give us the option to follow or reject gender roles – not the compulsion to reject them.- Suzannah Weiss