Solo Show: All That is Left of You / Everything You Are Now
August 17—September 07
All That is Left of You / Everything You Are Now presents the remains of a transformation from
female to whale.
To: Amber and Doll
Date: Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 6:00pm
….The thought that it was you, a piece of you, never occurred to people. She became a sex toy and in a way a piece of you did as well.
Amber Hawk Swanson commissioned the production of a life-like sex doll, a RealDoll, made of a posable PVC skeleton and silicone flesh, in her likeness—as a prop for her work and academic interests but also as the companion she desired in her personal life. She later abandoned Amber Doll at a number of venues, allowing the public to explore and interact—often violently—without interference. In the resulting project, ideas surrounding agency and objectification are questioned, as are ideas about the success or failure of negotiating power through one’s own participation in a cultural narrative that declares women as objects.
Hawk Swanson’s subsequent performance, video, and sculpture, Amber Doll > Tilikum
, involves the artist transforming Amber Doll into a replica of the bull orca, Tilikum, who lives in captivity at SeaWorld Orlando and has been involved in the deaths of three people. The story of Tilikum and his body as a spectacle shared remarkable similarities to Hawk Swanson’s relationship with Amber Doll. Assembling his anatomy from similar, either in look or function, parts from Amber Doll, the artist conducted the ten-day, Amber Doll > Tilikum
transformation alone in her studio, but broadcast every moment of it on her Livestream Channel to an audience of thousands worldwide.
Amber transformed Amber Doll from a physical object into an active presence by reclaiming a mangled body; giving voice to the abuse of female and whale. Tilikum has suffered many years for the pleasure of others. Breasts and hands became a tail, a belly button begat a blow hole, and fragments of skull became broken teeth, each physical part was assigned a new role—and through this metamorphosis each piece of Amber Doll is used to reissue agency over objectification.
Twelve pounds of silicone flesh were all that was left of Amber Doll's original form after Tilikum was sculpted. Hawk Swanson’s solo exhibition, All That is Left of You / Everything You Are Now
, displays the non-orca parts of Amber Doll—there are no "scraps," no "leftovers," and no "extras"—each piece matters in the struggle to [re]gain agency from objectification. All That is Left of You / Everything You Are Now
invites viewers to observe the transformation process in a 36-hour Amber Doll > Tilikum
video and to view protected pieces of silicone flesh before Amber Doll’s remains are editioned and sold at auction.To: Amber and DollFrom: prashant
Date: Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at 7:01ami want to buy an amber doll how can i get one
The value is to be determined by you: the audience, the patron, the bidder.To: Our ViewersFrom: Tilikum, Amber Doll, and Amber Hawk SwansonDate: September 6, 2012 6pm-9pm cstYou are invited to attend the closing performance event of All That is Left of You / Everything You Are Now as we prepare the remains of Amber Doll for auction. Your physical presence is requested at 217 North Carpenter Chicago, IL and/or your virtual presence at livestream.com/amberhawkswanson.