Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, 2017-18
At the dawn of the #metoo movement, I was struck with how women of all ages have been conditioned to keep quiet by the forces of both men (and other women). These forces continue the patterns of social conditioning that silence women in numerous ways through shaming, blaming, and making us believe our voices are uncouth, too loud, or that society will shun us if we talk too much about experiences of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or the reality that from birth we are subject to terrific amounts of mass and social media that condition females that to be "man pleasing" and to be sexually desirable. This series reflects my concern with all of these issues through the western interpretation of the Japanese Three Monkeys who hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil. With their hands over the eyes, ears or mouth, the body language suggests turning a blind eye, and whether the intent is reluctant, painful, or permissive it perpetuates the harm being done to women by not acknowledging it.
Archival pigment prints available in 16x24 and 24x30