The Transparency of Knowledge (Levret Version)
three rooms, each 8’ x 8’ x 8’
welded steel frames with silk-screened organza
Transparency of Knowledge (Levret Version) explores the metaphorical relationship between the interior and exterior spaces of architecture and that of the body. The lavish character of these “chambers” elicits the spirit of the 19th century medical history museum, while suggesting the sensual quality of the body and the transparency of skin. The wallcovering imagery printed on the fabric panels is based on André Levret’s 18th century schematic coronal section of the female reproductive system at the time of conception. The sheer quality of the organza permits the voyeur (or viewer) to peer through the transparent skin of the walls, much as medical instruments enable the examination of our bodies. It is my intent that my audience experiences the uncomfortable awareness that they are simultaneously “viewing” and being “viewed,” and that the installation speaks to contemporary issues of privacy and voyeurism.
My research focuses on our eternal fascination with the human reproductive system and changing perceptions of female anatomy. Housed within each chamber of the Transparency of Knowledge (Levret Version) is an object that combines evolving scientific theory with contemporary aesthetic observations. This intersection of knowledge gives insight into societal attitudes about the female body. It is my intention to provoke contemplation on how we perceive, stereotype, and stigmatize the female body and question the history that molded the controversy surrounding reproduction.