FvdB artist in residence blog - an introduction
Dear readers, welcome to the Stichting Françoise van den Bosch's Artist in Residency blog.
The blog is meant as an online platform for the artist in residence to share his/her research, thought process and work.
My name is Margherita Potenza and I am the artist selected for the 2017 residency programme. The project I will develop in my time here in Amsterdam is entitled Body as territory / jewellery as map. The aim of my research will be to look at how we think of the human body as well as the way we perceive it, all of us being human bodies' inhabitants.
|Kiki Kogelnik, Untitled (Hanging), ca. 1970|
|Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Proportioning of sacred construction to human body, 1475 ca.|
|Pamela Rosenkranz, Firm being (stay neutral), 2009|
When it comes to talk about the body, its awareness, its expression and projection, jewellery is an apt medium. As an object it stands on the same border mentioned above, between abstraction and perception. Jewellery is made to be worn and at the same time it is often solely looked at, and barely touched.
|Cecil Beaton, Coronation portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1953|
Most importantly, it carries in itself the evidence of its historical background. So, how could jewellery help us map the body? How could it connect its different levels of existence, and draw the picture in its integrity?
During my residency at Françoise van den Bosch Foundation I wish to create a wearable object that outlines both the sensitive, cognitive and emotional space of the body.