Slivinsky's work begins and ends with the act of cleaning. She questions an ideal standard of beauty that is forced upon women within western culture in searching for the correlation between unrealistic beauty expectations and the ways in which women are portrayed in the media. She explores this by purchasing magazines that can be found in common places, whether it be a drug store or a street cart, and flips through to find images of women that are displayed in different ways. Are their bodies being used as a commodity? Is this “fine-art” photography? Is this modeling? What exactly is it that makes one image professional and another “sexy”?
The image of the woman torn from the magazine is digitally manipulated and cleaning products are sprayed over her and I wipe her clean. The artist's response to her objectification is reactionary. Slivinsky is not cleaning the image because the subject is unclean, rather but rather is reclaiming her right to her body and sexuality through the obliteration of her objectification. The image is altered further by gesturally applying, pouring, spraying and wiping more cleaning products across her washed body in an attempt to force the viewer to examine the way women are seen in the world and ultimately subverting the meaning of the original image.
During this 4-week residency, Slivinsky will be continuing this body of work, while touching upon some more personal aspects of her life that she recently realized have an effect on my work. She will be printing large scale photos and working into them with cleaning products and will bring other elements and media into her paintings, such as acrylic paint, marker, collage, etc. She will also be doing smaller scale works using the same process, and will spray-paint t-shirts using a stencil. While the artist is working in the studio, the door will be open to the community in an effort to encourage and engage in conversation surrounding the work with the community.
July 6: Public reception: small prints, t-shirts, and posters will be for sale in the studio space and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.
July 7: Spray paint your own t-shirt with Rebecca Slivinsky. $20 each. Or bring your own t-shirt with a $5 donation to Planned Parenthood.
Rebecca Slivinsky (b. 1993, United States) will be receiving an M.F.A. in painting in 2019 from The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA and received a B.A. in studio art from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT in 2015. She has exhibited work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States as well as internationally. She also studied in Lacoste, France in 2017. Slivinsky currently lives and works in Savannah, GA.