As John Berger observed, “Men act. Women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.” His idea is that, the nude in western art reveals a taming of the female body creating biased view of what is “ideal beauty.” As a result, women in our culture learn their own particulars for self-surveillance, the internalization of these “ideals” results in shame that many women have for their own sexuality, particularly when it fails to measure up to its alleged reflection in pop culture. As well as how we compulsively confront that shame by returning to those images on a daily basis. Consequently, we fashion and refashion ourselves through these encounters, which only provides fragmentary mis-recognitions that we are conditioned to accept and emulate.
This experience with our own image is more like a distorted carnival mirror, in that we recognize what is depicted but it does not necessarily correspond to how we see ourselves. I use the nude female body as a site of resistance, I want to exaggerate this dysmorphic view of the female body in culture. The rendering of the figures reveals a raw nakedness that is aggressively emphasized by its tactility, giving birth to a sort of angst. I use the idea of movement and intuitive expression to articulate the feeling ones continually changing interior self, to then be projected in an exterior space. I use this strategy of making in an effort to unravel feminine truths through mimicry of the “ideal”, to make the unseen visible, and ultimately disrupting this singular notion of a “correct femininity” that has both the potential for creativity and destruction. This deconstruction is to dissolve, to oppose traditional binary distinction. It is a critical practice of playing with ideas and thus destroying convention and giving representational form new thoughts.