(a) Image of the artist, naked from behind, surrounded by soft, white, sculptural forms.
(b) Image of the artist, naked, surrounded by soft, white sculptural forms. Artist faces the camera.
French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s theory of manque (lack) – the opposite of presence – although not ‘feminist’, allowed a new engagement with Sigmund Freud and provided the language for a feminist retort to castration theory. Lacan articulated the difference between ‘being’ and ‘having’ the phallus: men are positioned as men because they have the phallus, and women, who are lacking, are theorised to be the phallus. By casting the negative space between her legs for her installation Vital statistics, Julie Rrap renders Lacanian lack into presence – the negative space inciting desire rather than horror.