Rosina Prestia

In my research, I draw on my background as a sculptor and a feminist in order to investigate how material art practices can affect and contribute to historical discussions about female subjectivity. In order to do so, I pursue two projects. In the first, I present viewers with paintings that reveal a text only once the viewers’ eyes adjust to the image. In the second, larger project that is formally undocumented, I massage individual's forearms in an attempt to subtly “sculpt” the space where subjectivity is formed. In both of these projects, I attempt to create a micro change in the viewer’s body; the eyes focus and the forearm experiences a sensation that results from a massage. I propose that the subject is formed (and, therefore, changed) socially rather than purely biologically. I propose that the act of making artworks that create physical changes in human bodies is a feminist methodology. By producing material changes to forms and conditions, I am deploying a tactic for examining the individual’s ability to change how they relate to other bodies. I argue that minute bodily interventions can subtly extend the possibilities of the body and, therefore, subjectivity.