Straight to my heart

by jennine on October 25, 2007

I find myself doing more and more reading on the web. As the print vs. web debate goes on like some kind of good vs. evil, nitpicky crusade, I wonder… what is going to happen to the art of literature. The web as a medium, opens so many possibilities for experiment, narrative, interaction and discourse. As much as I love blogs, and news sites, I still crave new twists on word combinations, and beautiful descriptions and stories… ah…

Artist and writer, Shelley Jackson, wrote back in 1997, this piece called ‘My Body‘ a website/experiment in prose a lavish description of her body:

My hips are narrow and hard like a boy’s. The white skin pulls thin over the muscles; when I twist my body, one muscle pulls a long hollow all the way across my hip. I never understood hips, what or even exactly where they were, though I knew the womanly hip was supposed to be a desirable entity from occasional soft-core pornographic passages in novels (I remember the phrase, “churning hips”). My hip was an indeterminate straight stretch connecting my stomach to my legs. There was nothing there to linger over.

It’s an interesting experiment, because you just click on the body part and there is a story about her relationship with that particular part of her body, then there are links within that will lead you around to other ideas and snippets. It’s like the act of getting to come to terms with my own body, where there is never a whole acceptance but rather moments of awareness, and trains of thought.
As a woman whose mental and bodily relations are constantly evolving, it’s really great to read and experience the work of Shelley Jackson.

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{ 7 comments }

°monica° October 25, 2007 at 3:09 pm

thank you jennine for sharing this beautiful work by s. jackson! what she writes is so intimate, to some extent I felt like I’m reading my own body’s story… probably because these and similar stories are socially inscribed in our female bodies. but also because to some extent clicking my way through her body-parts reminded me of reading someone’s secret diary, which I also kept myself.

WendyB October 25, 2007 at 9:35 pm

Very interesting…thanks for sharing the link. It’s fascinating.

mahret October 26, 2007 at 3:29 am

I love it. Thank you for sharing. And glad you are back and - by the way - I hope you don’t mind that I used the american apparel “nerd ad” you are posting here on f&art aswell…

atelier October 26, 2007 at 7:33 am

Her work is really interesting! I am happy you’ve shared it with us. thanks

jennine October 26, 2007 at 12:11 pm

: )

i’m glad you ladies like, it’s hard to believe that she did this ten years ago on the internet…

mahret… i don’t mind, i hope don cheavey doesn’t mind…
; )

Candid Cool October 28, 2007 at 11:30 am

interesting

mahret October 29, 2007 at 8:13 am

@jennine
oh then he should call me ;-) my friend knows/works for him anyway. He’s been to Heidelberg a couple of weeks ago…

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