Sunday, April 15, 2012
"I feel that society tells women that if they must express their sexual desires,
that it is better to write about them, rather than to draw, paint, or photograph
them. Visual depictions have a more immediate impact than the written word. The
boldness of that impact when dealing with female sexuality challenges the skewed
expectations placed on women and what they are "allowed" to do with their bodies.
Confident and unabashed sexual expression from women often stigmatizes them as
"easy", "whores", and "sluts." Yet men like Robert Mapplethorpe or Jeff Koons are
usually celebrated for graphic images of their sexual Inclinations.
Newspaper ads for the euphemistically titled "adult bodywork" act as my canvas.
It is my way of reflecting and responding to the highly sexually charged environment
in which we all live. Also, it juxtaposes two different notions of the "whore", the
woman who engages in so-called taboo acts of sexuality for her own pleasure, and the
woman that does it for a living, challenging the viewer to consider their
conceptions of each and their similarities or dissimilarities."