The bookwork focus on the breast as content and visual structure, amplifying it with additional contemporary anxieties around gender and auto-fiction.
Sources from ready-made material:
-visual: 10 bras found in the street and individually photographed in the genre of studio portrait and processed in photoshop and printed in different sizes, substrates using xerographic and silkscreen printing
-textual: 10 poems on absent breasts, with words sampled from a range of discourses from autobiography, testimony, art history, medical case studies, lingerie advertising, feminist and queer gender theories and social media.
As a visual object that adopts the form of the book, tender cups doesn’t fit into neat book categories (as a photobook or a literary book) the same way ‘breasts’ destabilise binary definitions of genre/sexuality, and fit/healthy bodies. As expected of an artist’s book it is a reflexive kind of work in its materiality invoking that of the chest: as/symmetry, flatness/ 3d protuberance; and in its scale and page folding, that focus the reading experience in the use of the hand and the touch.
TENDER CUPS (10 found bras found with 10 poems about absent breasts) by paula roush
Artist’s photobook, 10 photographs and 10 visual poems in 20 folds + assorted inserts, colour laser print , monotone process on157gsm matt paper, unbound, cover 1 colour silkscreen on 200 gsm matt fabriani paper
Dimensions: 16.75 x 24cm (folded)
Publisher: msdm publications