Saturday, August 30, 2008


While taking art classes at UCI, I have discovered that I really enjoyed experimenting with the theme of disembodiment in my pieces. I have been focusing mainly on the head, but I would like to play with the idea even more.

I drew this piece in my drawing class with charcoal. I never really questioned why I left the face out. But I do know that this person had very appealing hands. The asymmetry of the way he stood doesn't show very well in the photo :p But I really enjoyed the mystery of this piece.

I took this picture when my boyfriend was sleeping and tangled amongst the mess that is my blankets. I wanted to turn this photo into a painting but it failed miserably -___- I will attempt it again when I take more painting classes. The way his arms and legs are just sticking out in different places around the blanket is kind of funny.

I also took photography classes at Irvine. Exploring disembodiment was also very fun because I can take the photos and put them together like so.

This piece that I did in life drawing was a bit controversial . Because the girl was so dark and covered in shadow on one side, I really wanted that part of her to disappear and become part of the background . I thought about adding a background to the other side of her body to accent the light on the other side. But I decided not to and see what my teacher and my peers would say. A few people wanted to see a background on the other side of the figure. But my teacher Rebecca Kimmel also gave me feedback and said that the background is fine the way it is.

While I was trying to discover more ways to be creative with the idea, I found other artists who represented disembodiment in their art.

My life drawing teacher Rebecca Kimmel also has a body of work that shows missing body parts:
link to the other pieces

Enrico Casarosa:
This piece is called Girl and Kingyo. (Courtesy of Gallery Nucleus) I actually saw this piece at the gallery nucleus exhibition and I remember it being quite large. I really appreciate the size of the piece. It makes it even more lovely.

Also by Enrico Casarosa: Your Knee
Another artist who also seems to like to chop off limbs is Audrey Kawasaki:
Many of her pieces feature girls with separated hands, torsos with missing appendages and much more.
I can't explain the beauty and wonders of her pieces so I provided her website :)

One last artist I would like to mention is my painting artist at UCI, Ian Patrick. Ian is a wonderful painter and finding his work on the internet is very difficult. So I emailed him and asked for a website and his permission to share his work. I will post his work as well as soon as he responds.

I would like to continue to explore the mysteries and fun of disembodiment. Little did I know that my favorite artists were also exploring the same until I took on the experiment myself. This theme has offered me a different perspective about art. I don't quite know what it means to cut someone's face in half, or to separate arms and such. But I do have an idea, and I will continue to dwell in the world of hidden body parts.


  1. Nice post Tammy, thanks for including my piece. :)

    Something you should know about:


  2. Those are great charcoal pieces. I can see the illustration getting a bit of mixed feelings. Isn't it wierd how an illustration feels right to the artist, but others may view it completely different? From the sound of your class' feedback they felt it was incomplete because there was not a cause to your shadow effects. I personally thought it was a nice mystery to your illustration. My attention made me stare at her face, hoping to get a more clear view.

    Thanks for the links to your instructor and other inspiring artist. Have you seen James Jean's work. Another amazing artist!