Bodies Are:: intimate/exposing/vulnerable/sensual/powerful/objects/

weapons/resilient . . . . What does power/ownership/control look like? And how

does the power of another body alter your own? Because bodies are so fragile &

vulnerable, nothing is clear when you start sifting through experiences & identities that have

mapped, scarred & sculpted each individual body. Which stories are allowed the space to be

voiced & heard? And which stories are silenced or disregarded based on sexual identity, race, gender,

class, or professions where bodies/sexuality are utilized as a source of income. I am interested in how

bodies are viewed, acknowledged, read, respected, and objectified in different realms. How does that shift

between environments of personal, public and work settings? I wanted to find the stories of bodies and exposure

in intimate moments versus public moments. How is your gender and sexuality built around those moments and how

does your gender and sexuality construct and alter those moments? The medium of printmaking is fitting for this specific

body of work. Printmaking allows the ability to make a repetitive set of images but depending on the ink, color, technique

of printing, the image can be altered to create a drastically different meaning or evoke a different set of emotions from the

viewer, all with the base of the same image. As well as when talking about the ideas of stereotypes. Stereotypes have a way of 

taking individuals and wiping away all of their defining characteristics to make one repetitive image. Through printmaking and

collage I do the opposite: take repetitive images and create an individualized unique personality with it. In my work, the act of cutting

up, disembodying, and stitching back together mirrors the ideas that my images are exploring: dissecting, recreating and then

reclaiming/re-owning.

Unrefined Anatomies

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