For my found sound collage, I wish to make an audio collage piece describing a scene of a woman’s guilty indulgence of junk food in a closed space.
I was recently introduced to the paintings of Lee Price: http://www.leepricestudio.com/gallery2.html
His paintings depict realistic scenes of women consuming sweets in private and intimate spaces like the bedroom or bathtubs. I am inspired by the concept of the feminine indulgence in sweets and the embedded societal and psychological pressure in binge consuming. The types of sounds I want to use include the recordings I made with candies, found sound clips of junk food (wrappers rustling, chocolate breaking, ice cream melting, coffee stirring, etc.). There will also be human eating noises from female vocals, preferably erotic eating sounds. I also want to incorporate sounds like bathtub water noise to suggest a sense of intimate space.
Other inspirations included:
Artist, Will Cotton: http://www.willcotton.com
I am inspired by the candy landscapes he created in his super realistic paintings. Moreover, he often puts in a giant woman portrait in the middle of the scene. In one of his piece in which he built a root beer fountain diorama for the painting, the artist describes that when the motor of turned on when he paints, the waterfall sound from the root beer created an interesting environment when he paints.
Mary Ellen Johnson is inspiring in that she is a woman painter who does realistic food paintings. She states that: food is a universal experience. I am particularly intrigued by few of her paintings that have compositional suggestions of body parts or erotic connotations.
Structure of Piece:
The audio collage will be arranged in an order that is more narrative, describing an approximately 5 to 7 minutes of a woman character indulging several different food. Moreover, I want to alter the sounds with editing programs, creating a sense of rhythm and progression in intensity of indulgence as the piece goes on.
I expect the people to listen to the piece as like a voyeur experience of eavesdropping to something very personal and somewhat erotic. The audio file shall be access through something personal like home headphones, and only one person can listen to it at one time. This will directly relate to the intimate experience I want to create for the audience.