2017 - integrated sculptural object, digital images, video and performance
Defying Gravity exaggerates the [un]realistic and [un]natural perception that women’s breasts have superhuman capabilities. Derived from the fetishism of breasts in Western culture, most commonly seen in popular entertainment and integrated into the daily maintenance of female bodies, this work is meant to challenge the idea that breasts are at the service of the voyeur. She takes control of the voyeur’s attention on her breasts and makes them for her own gratification. Thus, she bounces to the beat of her own drum.
My hope is that the work will cause a shift in the viewer, whether it be emotional, based on their own experiences in carrying and accepting their own body, or a maturation in the way they dignify the bodies of others.
2016 - acquired garment, cast polyurethane foam, plastic rafia, spandex, stainless steel and found hanger. 25 x 13 x 37 inches.
The garment she wears exposes an exaggerated extension of the female body that operates as a type of prosthetic. The prosthetic is meant to attract the attention of the viewer with hopes of initiating a dialogue and prosthetic is made of flexible polyurethane foam, a material that is soft, squeezable and has qualities that are similar to the fragility of human flesh yet has the ability to be worked similar to textiles. As one piece, the performer and the garment are the performative object Defying Gravity. In the experience of watching her as the performance, the viewer is confronted with female sexuality and offered the potential to challenge their perceptions of the female body and female sexuality.