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.

Interested in learning more about how I began Petals in the Flesh and my process for creating images? Click over to my diary to find out.