Lot 125 - Penny Slinger - How to Use the Cosmos-Kundalin
Photo Collage on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
The provocative practice of London-born, LA-based artist Penny SLINGER spans photography, collage, film and sculpture. Active from the late 1960s, Slinger emerged into a maelstrom of political protest, social change and sexual freedom. She graduated from the Chelsea School of Art in 1969 having developed a visual language she described as 'feminist surrealism', influenced by her study of European Surrealism, her friendship with Roland Penrose and association with Max Ernst. Slinger quickly began exploring and investigating the notion of the feminine subconscious and psyche, using her own body to examine the relationship between sexuality, mysticism and femininity.
Artist Statement: Born 1947, I am an artist working primarily with the medium of collage and in the modality of feminist surrealism. My goal has been to use these tools to lay bare and communicate the nature of the female psyche. I am my own muse. Throughout my life I have worked in and combined many different media, including performance arts, poetry, photography, painting and sculpture.The three postcards are a triptych entitled 'How To Use The Cosmos', individually named 'Inner Probe', 'Kundalini' and 'Feminine Mystique'. I have given them the date of 1975 and now because the collage elements were all collected and cut out in the mid 1970s and revisited now to create these compositions. These are in my old 'cut and paste' technique (currently I tend to use a digital approach with most of my collage work). They reflect the themes that have fascinated me throughout my life and work, delving into the relationship between the inner and the outer, the cosmic forces and the individual being. Sex, death and the mystery all entwined.