Jeanne Dunning, The Blob 4 (1999)


“Jeanne Dunning maps out a reflection on the relationship to the female body that, instead of questioning the domain of appearances, is rooted in the deconstruction of the relationship to the flesh.” (Lauzon, 2007)


Jeanne Dunning is a photographer whose work resonates in the mind as being powerful and a unique angle on the relationship between women and their bodies. In The Blob 4 There has been a bag of silicon substance placed over the body of a woman to exaggerate the flesh and the organs of the human torso. In the video which accompanies the image, the woman seems to be attempting to dress the blob in silk clothing, portraying the distress that comes from women clothing themselves. In essence the blob represents the embarrassment we have over our physicality and the vulnerability which arises from being exposed (Cotton. C 2009). The blob seems to be a mixture of oversized organs and bulging flesh which is out of control, much like the way that we cannot fully have power over the way which our body works.

Somehow this image creates an uncomfortable environment, which is also familiar. Dunning displays an exaggerated idea of how we can feel when our bodies are taking over our emotions. It is easy to say that we do not care about the size and shape of our features, however there is always an underlying need to achieve perfection, this is undeniably part of our human nature. As a result, Dunning has created more than a photograph; this is a conceptional piece of artwork in which the idea is of more value than the physical image itself. The more the audience begin to understand The Blob the more they are able to admire Dunning’s insight into our unconscious self.


Rachel Lauzon (2007) Jeanne Dunning (07/02/16)


Jeanne Dunning (1999) The Blob 4 (07/02/16)


MoCP (2016) Jeanne Dunning (07/02/16)


Cotton, C. (2009) The Photograph as Contemporary Art, London: Thames and Hudson



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