Part 2 Project 2 Research Point

Also see Postmodern Narrative and An Aside About Wild Things

The text talks about Objects in the Field by Sophy Rickett, and Sophie Calle’s Take Care of Yourself.

  • How do these two pieces of work reflect postmodernism approaches to narrative?

 

Take Care of Yourself

I found a reasonable amount of work online about Take Care of Yourself, but the original text the work pertains to is in French. I can’t seem to find any images of the work where I can see much of what is going on. However, it seems to consist of a mixture of media produced by a variety of women. It is essentially a collection of work in response to the email Calle received from her boyfriend which finished their relationship. Thinking about the idea of postmodern narrative with the unity of a text lying in it’s destination (the reader), and ideas about not having a single ‘theological’ meaning but that meaning essentially being made by the reader then yes, this does reflect a postmodern approach to narrative and it does that on several levels.

It is not a story about how the artist feels or about her response to the text, but a collection of different interpretations that have been brought together by Calle. This will then be interpreted yet again by the viewers, this time without those viewers being defined by gender. I imagine personal experience along with gender and cultural norms and values would play a very large part in how both the original text and the subsequent art is interpreted. The overall impression I get from online research is that the general feel that people have of Calle’s work is a positive one. However, I know that she has done things that I personally would find morally objectionable, such as prying into the lives of strangers and going through their personal belongings.  Although I haven’t seen Take Care of Yourself, I must admit I find the idea of using an email which is clearly meant to be private as a public spectacle, no matter how hurtful the message was to her, an abhorrent one. In the end, although the interpretation of the text is left to others, the fact that Calle has chosen to do this can be interpreted and so the mark of ‘the Author’ is still there.

Objects in the Field

I found Objects in the Field really interesting, because the place that Sophy Ricketts is trying to get to, where the interpretations of the astronomer, Dr Willstrop, and her interpretations as an artist are being brought together feels like exactly where I am trying to get to on an internal level.  When I think of that it worries me that Ricketts says that she failed to find ways of aligning the different practices, although she could see similarities and points of connection in process and interests.

I studied maths and physics with a particular interest in astronomy, studying astrophysics, planetary science and cosmology. Now I am studying photography and continuing to study music, in particular violin, alongside. So the nature of the work interests me on several levels and I feel the connection internally, although it is difficult for me to articulate exactly what that connection is.

However, thinking about a postmodern approach, it is difficult to see the extent to which Sophy Rickett has left space for meaning to the viewer, or if the viewer is merely presented with alternate meanings here. The work attempts to be a fusion between disciplines and so could be interpreted in either sense, or perhaps as something else. I would like to see it to actually work out how well that comes across. It would be interesting to take my sons to get their interpretation. My eldest is now studying maths and physics with a view to studying physics at university and my youngest studies art and drama and wants to be a film director. I wonder how different their interpretations would be? I can see how the reading of the printed negatives and the meaning attached to them would be totally different, but I wonder about the textural element?

 

Bibliography

Featured Image from Wikimedia Commons by Leonardo da Vinci accessed 5/3/19 – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Astronomical_studies_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci

Websites:

Objects in the Field, all on 4/3/19

https://sophyrickett.com/work#/objects-in-the-field-1/

https://www.littletoller.co.uk/the-clearing/sophy-rickett-objects-in-the-field/

https://photoparley.wordpress.com/category/sophy-rickett/

https://weareoca.com/subject/photography/sophy-rickett/

https://hollyocacontextnarrative.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/sophy-rickett-objects-in-the-field-and-postmodernism/ 

Take Care of Yourself, all on 4/3/19

https://brooklynrail.org/2009/06/artseen/take-care-of-yourself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9E4dA0EGaM

Postmodernism all on 4/3/19, also see links here

(Postmodernism, following a link fromhttps://hollyocacontextnarrative.wordpress.com) –  https://arthistoryunstuffed.com/postmodernism-in-photography/

http://visual-memory.co.uk/daniel/Documents/S4B/sem09.html