My body of work focuses on gender roles in modern society, specifically geared towards ideals surrounding female expectations and impositions. Each piece is to be understood as a psychological experience of build up, tension, and anxiety that surrounds the everyday life of the modern woman. The gender-specific monsters are created by deconstructing images of human forms and other everyday items associated with pop culture and reassembling them from an explosive ink - splattered base. In creating a dynamic composition in this vane, the figure emits an initial humorous quality that, when read into more carefully, reveals a disturbing and darker commentary on the life of the modern day woman.
The physical process of creating this work references the content in and of itself. Source images are initially collected from a range of media - the female is represented through images torn from magazines such as Martha Stewart Living, The Knot, Taste of Home, Victoria’s Secret and various current tabloids. The male gender is represented through a compilation of images found from magazines such as Gun and Ammo, Maxim, and Automotive. The process of deconstructing gender-influenced imagery from mass-printed media and reconstructing it into a female monster causes a tension and power struggle between male and female. The intent is provide a visual representation of the pressures of feminine roles and expectations that are a cultural standard in modern day America.…Read More
Mentor, OH, United States
Cleveland Institute of Art
Drawing, Communication Design