Molly Gabbard is a visual artist currently based in San Diego, California. She received her MFA at San Diego State University and her BFA at Indiana University. Molly predominantly works in performance art, sculpture, video and installation. She is driven to expand her work in terms of social engagement, activism, and accessibility.
I am interested in what it means to be human.
In being human, we come together and set ourselves apart. We accept and reject. We perceive and act.
In my recent work, I utilize women’s breasts as a form of corruption to the viewer’s visual field and enticement to keep their attention. My wonderment for the power breasts have in our cultural is influenced by harassment directed toward my breasts and the breasts of women around me. This harassment is derived from the objectification of women’s breasts that has been engraved in Western culture, to the extent that even jovial children’s rhymes express misogyny. Yet, this objectification kept me curious about the life my breasts would lead. Would they turn out to be so perky as to defy gravity, or sagging so low that I could throw my breasts “over my shoulder like a continental soldier?”
EVERYDAY Titties exposes a range of ways the female body perceives, processes and acts out the objectification of the breasts she carries. Perceptions are placed on women’s breasts by others and by the body that carries them. Perceptions of breasts are derived in public and private spaces.
Central to my work, I make wearable sculptures that integrate cast polyurethane foam breasts with garments. The breasts operate as a prosthetic of the body and are exaggerated in form and function as prescribed by cultural fantasies.
The performance of the prosthetic breasts are the most critical component of my work as the embodiment functions on many levels. Such as the face of female sexuality, a source of nurturance, an aggregate to society’s normative field of vision, and as playful engagement.
I want to create a heightened awareness of what we perceive in our bodies as a society with hopes of recognizing potential fault in our assumptions and judgments.