© The Artist. Image courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York and Corvi-Mora, London
It was just yesterday, 2021
Shawanda Corbett (b. 1989)
Embodying the threshold
In this self-portrait, Shawanda Corbett photographs her face covered by a layer of clay that has been partially scraped away. Clay is a symbolic material for the artist; she describes it as a medium which, like the human condition, can constantly shift and change. Many of her works take inspiration from the feminist sociologist Donna Haraway, and her 1985 essay A Cyborg Manifesto. Haraway’s text explores the relationship and boundaries between the human body and machines. For Corbett, these mechanical cyborg elements could be any technologies that enhance human life, such as the pottery wheel that she uses when working with ceramics.