Petals in the Flesh Statement
I didn’t used to consider myself a feminist. It wasn’t that I didn’t find feminist issues important; I was simply preoccupied with other things. That is until the #metoo movement began in October 2017. I heard close friends and strangers alike speak out about their experiences with sexual assault.
This forced me to look inward at my own past and experiences. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I began to recall instances where I had felt obligated or had been convinced to agree to things I didn’t want to do. I have always thought of myself as a strong, independent woman. But something was missing.
Now, I saw sexism and inequality everywhere. I began to pour my intense emotions into my art as a way to cope with this internal turmoil. I knew I wanted to create something rooted in the work of the feminist artists who came before me.
I am also inspired by contemporary feminist art and theory. It is important to me to have a variety of voices influence this project. Mine is but one perspective as I aspire to create a narrative of female experience. Thus, research is an essential and ongoing part of my project.
The media shows women and feminine symbology as weak, dependent, delicate and/or helpless. I want to challenge that stereotype with my art. I photograph feminine symbols in such a way that they appear empowered. All of the objects I am photographing are meaningful in some way to myself or to women I know.
I have chosen to capture these symbols in a color palette and lighting style that references the female nude of Renaissance oil paintings.
Through my work, I encourage thought and dialogue around the subjects of sexism, misogyny, and rape culture. I find it crucial to contribute to inclusiveness and unity among all who identify as female. My ultimate wish is to celebrate the power and beauty of all that is feminine.