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The Ethics of Earth Art$
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Amanda Boetzkes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665884

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665884.001.0001

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The Body as Limit

The Body as Limit

(p.145) Four The Body as Limit
The Ethics of Earth Art

Amanda Boetzkes

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter addresses artworks that feature the contact between the artist’s body and the earth. It examines the works of Ana Mendieta, Susan Derges, and Jackie Brookner, whose works demonstrate the body’s role in generating and supporting the friction between transient sensations of natural phenomena and the perceptual closure of representational form. It analyzes the human body’s appearance as the representational limit of the artwork and the surface on which elementals become visible. It considers the notion of their performance as the separation of the body in order to offer it as an exteriorized plane on which the earth can be sensed as other. It also discusses the appearance of the elementals in various forms on the body.

Keywords:   Ana Mendieta, Susan Derges, Jackie Brookner, transient sensations, natural phenomena, representational form, representational limit, artwork, exteriorized plane

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