My work explores notions of femininity, sensuality, and beauty – concepts that are inherently visually seductive but simultaneously contain pejorative undertones. Depictions of the female form dominate our social landscape; however, stereotypical descriptions of femininity are frequently negative. Paradoxically, women struggle to navigate cultural reverence for beauty and sexuality while those same traits are often reviled as superficial and manipulative. I am intrigued by the complex disparity between emotional and intellectual responses to femininity that polarize what it means to be a woman.
My sculptural forms glorify and exploit seductive female beauty and sensuality. Fluid lines and curves entice the viewer’s gaze to twist and wind around sensual folds and visceral undulations. The experience of looking is simultaneously pleasurable and uncomfortable. As the gaze lingers and caresses ambiguous abstractions of female form, conflicting concepts of femininity arise. The viewer is asked to confront personal beliefs and assumptions regarding beauty and sexuality and question the line between objectification and empowerment.