Images created out of a reaction to the #metoo movement which begins in how women are objectified in mass media advertising.
In the midst of President Elect, Donald Trump’s campaign, I was shaken to the core as a woman, a human, a person of compassion and a believer in good. His words on almost every occasion he spoke were divisive, insulting and disrespectful to women, non-Christian religions, non-white races, and even those with disabilities.
The images in this series were initially imagined in part (sans political influence) as a way to express ideas of how women, in particular, are imagined and portrayed in popular advertising, media and culture. As the campaign evolved, so did my images.
I explore the cellular level of the photographic image, the pixel, as a way to “reveal” and “conceal” parts of the person, the truth, the device, the subject and to expose the fact that our images are just pixels, malleable, interpretable, unreliable markers of time and truth, yet they are powerful and often perceived as truth.
Some of the images I have made shroud the woman’s face or parts of her body in paint or pixilation that is meant to negate her individual importance without diminishing her appeal. Others try for this but are unable to diminish her power.
The digital mark making with paint on these images is vital part of my personal connection to them. All of the images are created with intense colors that draw from pop culture and signify the visual culture and intensity of advertising and mass media, reminding us that the color palette and subject are enriched.
The images in this body of work represent the fusion of hybridization of mark making and photography. The constraints of photographic purity and technical skill began lifting with the post-modernists and have further opened up the photograph as just one tool to be used in the ever-growing vocabulary or art making.
The potential for mark making, re-appropriation, reinterpretation and digital manipulation allow for enormous flexibility and conceptual bandwidth in expanding the possibilities of photography.