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For the Luminous Bodies residency I proposed to examine my compulsion to describe the body, detached from cultural signifiers, and to produce a response within the context of the residency’s theme and discussion; to confront this impulse as a “re-invention and re-presentation of the body”. I expected to use drawing and sculptural methods in this process. My past studies present the human body, generally, without specificity. More recently I had been working with the human body in terms of its animality, for example how teeth expose that animality within cultural and societal norms. These explorations aim to indicate the commonality of form between the human and non-human animal. Additionally this observation demonstrates the same-ness that exists within the human and animal realm; although each figure varies in form, the body functions largely in the same way regardless of the visual representation. This expression of form allows viewing of the human (or animal/hybrid) form, without any cultural, aesthetic or radicalized gaze. Though the forms are freed of these cultural binds, my intention is not to create a single form, but rather demonstrate the limitless configurations of the body.