Bookwork about the breast as content and visual structure. The photo-text maps out contemporary anxieties around gender and auto-fiction.
TENDER CUPS (10 found bras 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
-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 studies 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.