Finding A Body for Marguerite – a little photoessay on embodiment

 Finding A Body for Marguerite

This is an experiment using Marguerite, a small porcelain doll’s head, which I believe is from Germany, probably late 19th century. I found her among a pile of other ‘body parts’ at Spitalfield’s Market in London. This work is a photoessay/visual game or experiment exploring embodiment and  empathy with objects and materials outside our bodies. Her little head seemed to act as a catalyst for embodiment.

It was a way of exploring certain aspects of my watercolour painting practice. She is like a little Pandora, exploring her interiority, her body in the mind, in the imagination. I think she acts metonymically for ones’ body, allowing you to have altered experiences, feeling what she might feel, embodied and extended into various containers, spaces, volumes, textures. Embodied empathy with materials in the physical world, through the imagination, leading to an embodied imagination of self? An extended proprioreception of body/mind and world, a questioning of body, mind, imagination, where does my body begin and end ?

I took this series of photographs using a 1960’s Vidicon Ampex lens, which creates a very magical feel and gets really close in to objects and surfaces.

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photo of Marguerite with a shell body and a Portuguese tea jar- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with shells- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a shell body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a shell body inside a Moroccan tea glass with watercolour painting- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a shell body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a golden Mexican candlestick body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a golden Mexican candlestick body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a golden Mexican candlestick body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a dark glass vase body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a dark glass vase body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a dark glass vase body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a dark glass vase body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a dark glass vase body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a porcelain Portuguese tea jar body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a porcelain Portuguese tea jar body- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a hand blown glass body of nets, seaweed and sea- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a hand blown glass body of nets, seaweed and sea- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a hand blown glass body of nets, seaweed and sea- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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photo of Marguerite with a hand blown glass body of nets, seaweed and sea- taken by Salma using a 1960’s Ampex Vidicon lens

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