Artist name: Sophia Xeros-Constantinides
Exhibition Title: CREATE
CREATE forms part of Xeros-Constantinides’ visual exploration of women’s bodies and reproductive experiences.
It showcases her Corpus luteum works (2003-4).
The term Corpus luteum, refers to the scar-tissue on the surface of the ovary, where the woman’s egg has been released for fertilization by sperm. It produces hormone to maintain a pregnancy, until the placenta takes over, allowing the foetus to grow into a baby.
The works use layering and veiling to suggest the inside of the body, and the mind. Using garments, fabric, found objects and antique obstetric engravings printed onto silk organza, the female form as site of procreative experience is constructed. Each installation is photographed digitally and printed on Duroflex photographic paper.
Xeros-Constantinides also had work showing in the 2010 National Works on Paper exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, with her six-part drawing entitled Foundling (2010).
Thanks are extended to Dr Janet Duke and staff of the Frank Forster library at R.A.N.Z.C.O.G. (Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) for assistance with antique imagery incorporated in works #1, #4, #8, #18 & #19.
Acknowledgement to Emily McIntosh for glass vessels incorporated in works #2 #3, #4, #5 & #15.
Acknowledgement to Shini Pararajashingham for wire sculpture incorporated in works #10 & #13.
Corpus Luteum framed works on display are available for a purchase price of $1,200- each, including GST.