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Crude Prototypes

mixed media

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist.

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Bloom, concept drawing of open speculum

graphite on paper

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist. drawing credit:

Jessica Taylor Bellemy

 

Bloom, concept drawing of closed speculum

graphite on paper

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist. drawing credit:

Jessica Taylor Bellemy

 

Bloom, concept drawing of speculum in use

graphite on paper

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist. drawing credit:

Jessica Taylor Bellemy

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Sims Skylar speculum drawing

graphite on paper

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist. drawing credit:

Jessica Taylor Bellemy

 

Graves speculum drawing

graphite on paper

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist. drawing credit:

Jessica Taylor Bellemy

 

Bloom, concept drawing

graphite on paper

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist. drawing credit:

Jessica Taylor Bellemy

 

Rusher McPherson speculum drawing

graphite on paper

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist. drawing credit:

Jessica Taylor Bellemy

 

Cook Graefe Killian speculum drawing

graphite on paper

dimensions variable

2021

courtesy of the artist. drawing credit:

Jessica Taylor Bellemy

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Interview with Nao Bustamante, C.O.L.A. 2021 Visual Art Fellow

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Nao Bustamante’s work has a long history of thinking through issues around women’s bodies. In considering her past works, where the principal concern has been how to protect or make the body vulnerable, Bustamante discusses how her newest work, Bloom, continues this concern by entering new-to-her fields of medical technology and design.

 

Stemming from a 2013 gynecology appointment and conversations with friends, Bustamante became interested in re-designing the speculum. Expanding on the idea of a spaceship going through space, Bustamante, in collaboration with artist Jessica Taylor Bellemy, has reimagined the speculum as fantastical, organic and accessible through this series of drawings that envision new, feminist aesthetic possibilities in a male-dominated medical field. As Bustamante continues this project into the prototype phase beyond C.O.L.A. 2021, she hopes that this work “makes these conversations less taboo” and that ultimately leads to comfort both in, out, and around the female body.

 

Working across performance, video and sculpture, Nao Bustamante’s (b. 1969, San Joaquin Valley, California, she/her) work explores the female body. Bustamante has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio Museum of Contemporary Art, First International Performance Biennial, Deformes in Santiago, Chile, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Bustamante is an alum of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program and the Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture. She is an Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Art at the Roski School of Art and Design at USC.