We strive to protect those things most important to us- our family, our possessions, our selves. Women especially feel vulnerable and often seek or are told to seek protection as not to be harmed by forces stronger than themselves. Why is it so easy then to subject our body to rituals that cause harm or pain for the sake of fashion? With that in mind, I created these photographs, in order to investigate the the body parts women routinely attend to on a daily basis. From as little as hurting our skin with makeup or eyebrows with tweezers, to the pain of breast augmentation or other plastic surgery, women subject themselves to a kind of self-torture. This series brings attention to the fact that we harm and try to protect our bodies at the same time. My objective is not to change what women do to themselves, but to bring attention to the inherent dichotomy with in our culture. In these photographs I show both a very literal sense of torture and protection along with showing everyday events women undergo to change and ulter their apperance in the name of fashion. Also focusing on things that people will say when a woman doesn't fit into the "ideal" style or body that our culture has created. Two photographers that really inspire me are Lauren Greenfield, and Sally Mann Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Biography: I am an artist who choses to express my creativity with photography as my main medium. I am a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BFA in 2D studies with a focus in photography. I currently work at the Toledo Museum of Art as the Assistant Curator of Visual Resources. I have had some of my work in a variety of exhibitions such as: Behind the Badge: TMA Staff Show (2006) 87th Annual Toledo Area Artist Show at the Toledo Museum of Art (2005) BFA Exhibition (2004) Findlay Art League 22nd Juried Photography Show (2004) ArtSpace/Lima Camera Club Annual Photography Exhibit(2004) BGSU Pinhole Exhibition (2004) BGSU Photography Club Exhibition (2003) BGSU Annual Undergraduate Art and Design Exhibition (2003)
Country: United States
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