Never once in my youth did I question what I was told to do or be, although the urge to speak out was always there. As a teenager I had my rebellious stage but always returned to the morals laid before me by my parents. Now I find myself examining the play and impact society has had on my personal beliefs and life experiences as a woman. I have always been drawn toward pin-ups of the 1940s era. As a child I wanted to be them, and as a woman I am inspired by them. Often the pin-up women were not viewed as human beings. Rather, they were seen as merely an object. Scopophilia is a term I have grown quite fond of to describe how I feel women are often viewed in society. Scopophilia literally means the love of looking. The term refers to the predominantly male gaze of society which seems to enjoy objectifying women into mere objects to be looked at rather than subjects with their own voice and subjectivity. To me the gaze is not only from men but from other women, society as a whole, and women’s own self doubt. Using the inspiration of pin-ups and the power of a gaze, I express my encounters as a woman through self portraits, fashion, and my own pin-up creations. My work is a reflection of my experiences as a woman and the impact society has had on the idea of "woman". It is a multifaceted personal landscape that I see as an essential part of my continued development as an artist and as a woman. My art serves as a personal commentary of femininity inspired by life experiences.
Biography: - Born in St.Charles, Missouri. - Achieved BFA in Art with emphasis in Painting, 2006. - Participated in Springfield's Frist Friday Artwalk where my BFA work was displayed. - Currently working on a Women's Scrapbooking Project along with a few of my fellow students. This project is much more than a simple scrapbook but a voice for women to produce truth. We hope to start it in Springfield and eventually have it as a traveling exhibition.
Country: United States
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