Preposterous histories: Maternal desire, loss and control in Carolee Schneemann's Interior Scroll and Tracey Emin's I've Got It All
Johnson, C. (2010) Preposterous histories: Maternal desire, loss and control in Carolee Schneemann's Interior Scroll and Tracey Emin's I've Got It All. Feminist Media Studies, 10 (3). pp. 269-284. ISSN 1468-0777
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2010.493646
This article explores maternal desire, loss and control by reading Carolee Schneemann’s performance Interior Scroll (1975) through Tracey Emin’s photographic print I’ve Got It All (2000). I consider Schneemann’s work on female sexuality and maternal desire through Tracey Emin’s visualizations of sexuality and maternal loss. I explore the mediation of the body of each artist by positioning Emin’s work as a ‘source’ for my reading of Schneemann’s performance. Invoking the notion of “preposterous history” (Mieke Bal 1999), I argue that the concepts of the “live” and the “mediated” are differently intensified by operating outside of chronology. Hence the inter-generational dialogue between these particular female artists is itself generative of thoughts and ideas that are irreducible to the individual works.
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