The focus of my current body of work is the role of consumerism in creating a dissonance between cultural constructs of femininity and the actual experience of being a woman. Women in media are positioned relative to consumerism in both passive and active roles: commonly portrayed as material-obsessed ultra-consumers, we are also portrayed as objects of commodified sexuality to be consumed. These artificial conventions of femininity affect our culture’s behavior towards women, and distort its understanding of female identity. By reconfiguring media imagery, I am commenting on the experiences of women that result from these portrayals, while also revealing some of the ways these portrayals are constructed.
My materials are sourced from books, product packaging, and magazines that are marketed towards women, as well as decorative objects related to domesticity such as cupcake papers and gift wrappings. I combine, cross, and compare these elements with female figures and silhouettes to create ostentatious compositions made up of clashing, hyper-feminine aesthetics. In allusion to the Pattern and Decoration movement, I often place an emphasis on the overall pattern, as opposed to creating an area of focus or the illusion of space. This body of work consists primarily of small or medium scale, two-dimensional collages, occasionally interrupted by textured paint or other, less conventional, materials.
The power of consumerism in cultural constructs of femininity has reduced representations of women, creating an expectation that we are either material-obsessed, or inherently sexual for others‘ satisfaction. By recontextualizing media imagery, I over-articulate these distortions of female identity and ask how they affect behavior towards women.