Shadowness - KatSaw http://shadowness.com girl with pen artbykatsaw [at] outlook [dot] com. en The Path of Needles http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/the-path-of-needles-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/the-path-of-needles-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/443657/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Second instalment of the Bitten triptych; a work that uses the ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ fable as a rough framework to explore werewolfism as a metaphor for female puberty. Like the lupine transformation, adolescence leads to the development of androgenic hair and visible bodily change. Fertility is heralded by the menstrual cycle; whose pattern is traditionally linked with the phases of the moon. Of course, the latter is also associated with so-called ‘madness’ (anger and antisocial moods). The works investigate the development and maturation of young girls and raise questions of choice and consent, moratorium and foreclosure; but delve into the mind of the wolf as well as the ‘curse’ takes hold. This book deals with the sexual aspects of growing up. The book opens from the middle and has a ‘girl side’ and a ‘wolf’ side.’ It is meant to look like the pages from the two sides have been removed and stitched together to create a new narrative. Needles were once seen as a sexual symbol (because they have an eye that can be threaded); and the book tries to reference some possible pathways that the girl could have taken with her sexuality — that is, being passive or proactive. More photos <a href="http://katsaw.tumblr.com/post/92630089421/the-path-of-needles-second-instalment-of-the">HERE</a><a href="http://katsaw.tumblr.com/post/92630089421/the-path-of-needles-second-instalment-of-the"></a>. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:34:08 -0400 Acts of Immorality http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/acts-of-immorality <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/acts-of-immorality"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/415785/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br /><i>Acts of Immorality</i>; a submission for an upcoming exhibition. The brief was ‘post-colonial Africa.’ During the Apartheid regime discrimination was made law. Perhaps as a result of colonialist conceit, people of colour in South Africa were seen as nothing more than cheap manual labour, good for only what their bodies could provide and little else. Boys grew up to till the fields of the minority in power, girls kept house and raised children. State institutionalised programs such as Bantu Education ensured that those deemed to be ‘Black’ were untrained and unable to perform in jobs higher than their predetermined station in life. Doomed by law to be the veritable work-horses of society, those unfortunate enough to fit into a social category which was seen as lower and almost animalistic replaced the beast of burden of previous years. However, what was defined as Black was often a contentious issue as the terminology had the potential to be extended to any seemingly non-Caucasian individuals (as evidenced by the dubious veracity of the ‘pencil test’). Through this flexible definition of discrimination, the state managed to dehumanise and denigrate what were effectually their own children – the mixed race offspring of unions which were eventually prohibited by the Immorality Act. By associating disgrace and depravity with the mixing of the races, the children resulting from the unlawful acts might have been seen as an embarrassing reminder of uncontrollable desires perhaps better forgotten. Lumped into a racial classification that rendered them bestial, with the evidence of their ‘shameful’ parentage stamped clearly on their skin, these children may have been akin to monstrous reminders of that society’s failures. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 10:44:58 -0400 Unicorn Goddess http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/unicorn-goddess <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/unicorn-goddess"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/407919/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br /><p>Unicorn Goddess.</p> <p></p> <p>Her sister <a href="http://katsaw.tumblr.com/post/69305500267/deer-goddess-t-shirt-design" title="Deer Goddess" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:24:48 -0500 Deer Goddess http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/deer-goddess <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/deer-goddess"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/394653/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Hopefully this lovely lady will be on a shirt. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:52:22 -0500 I Have No Idea What I'm Doing http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/i-have-no-idea-what-i--m-doing-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/i-have-no-idea-what-i--m-doing-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/383956/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br /><p>I Have No Idea What I'm Doing.<br /> <br />The main project for our teaching course this year is to reflect on what we have learnt and how we have reacted to our year with this class. Fortunately this project can take any shape we choose rather than the traditional essay. I have chosen to do a diptych called "Reasons Why I Can't Do This."</p> <p><a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/i-sabotage-everything-i-do" title="I Sabotage Everything I Do">Number one.</a> <br />Number two: I don't know how to perform on a marginally-acceptable scale.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:27:30 -0400 I Sabotage Everything I Do http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/i-sabotage-everything-i-do <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/i-sabotage-everything-i-do"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/379050/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />I Sabotage Everything I Do. The main project for our teaching course this year is to reflect on what we have learnt and how we have reacted to our year with this class. Fortunately this project can take any shape we choose rather than the traditional essay. I have chosen to do a diptych called "Reasons Why I Can't Do This." Number one: I struggle to convey knowledge effectively. <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/i-have-no-idea-what-i--m-doing">Number two.</a> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 05:30:16 -0400 Recovery http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/recovery <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/recovery"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/342383/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Part of the <i>Surgical Saints</i> series for the <a href="http://www.anatomyforlife.com/home/">Anatomy for Life</a> charity auction. Recovery holds out her healing hands. Wed, 29 May 2013 15:27:10 -0400 Surgery http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/surgery <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/surgery"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/342382/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Part of the <i>Surgical Saints</i> series for the <a href="http://www.anatomyforlife.com/home/">Anatomy for Life</a> charity auction. Surgery hides her bloody fingers.. Wed, 29 May 2013 15:27:07 -0400 Diagnosis http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/diagnosis <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/diagnosis"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/342381/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Part of the <i>Surgical Saints</i> series for the <a href="http://www.anatomyforlife.com/home/">Anatomy for Life</a> charity auction. Diagnosis offers a hand in blessing for the afflicted. Wed, 29 May 2013 15:27:05 -0400 Excision http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/excision <a href="http://shadowness.com/KatSaw/excision"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/320800/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />This was meant to be a mere diagram illustrating some concepts we're encountering in the teaching course I'm doing. We were just supposed to do a mind map, or a pictorial representation of the importance of said concepts with relation to each other. I did this and labelled the relative organs with the relevant concepts, with their respective sizes illustrating their importance. [I think it's also clear how I feel about the course itself] Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:18:06 -0400