Body Without Organs will deconstruct and integrate material objects and visual imagery, centering feminine and queer ways of seeing and making. This project will consist of a series of wall hanging and freestanding works. As a queer fem artist, Johnston is constantly navigating how patriarchal expectations are placed on her body inside and outside the domestic sphere. These pieces will investigate traditional modes of women's labor, in terms of their unique material and performative involvements, primarily through cooking and fiberwork.
Women often take on the responsibility of cooking in many cultures: cooking is cultural, communal, personal, it often impacts our relationships and our views about the world. Johnston is interested in the performative aspects of cooking, yet subverting the process by producing visceral objects, in the form of bioplastic. Her recipe incorporates cornstarch, vinegar, water and glycerin which she boils in a pot on the stove. This produces a translucent material that can be impregnated with different objects. Most commonly, Johnston incorporates “identity objects” which she views as hair, teeth, and