"Calling into question what is abject about bodies, I put the grotesque on display"
Through photography, new media, and performance art, my work explores the body and its relationship to fatness, sexuality, and gender. Calling into question what is abject about bodies, I put the grotesque on display in a way that challenges the narrow dichotomies our society forces upon the bodies of those that occupy it.
I often use my own body as a medium and metaphor to engage in these questions of societal binaries: thin/fat, beautiful/ugly, masculine/feminine. My work most often tackles fatness as it relates to feminism. Fleshy, headless bodies push against the confines of the photo and video frame, zoomed in for a detailed look at the body in fetishized chunks in order to define the role of the fat woman in today’s society: she is often desexualized, stripped of individual identity, and put on display for public consumption. By challenging and mocking the ideals placed upon the female bodies in contemporary society, this work becomes a symbol of defiance and resistance. It celebrates the body as abject, emphasizes sexuality, and produces a visual language that borders on fetish.
While my work may not use consistent materials, the methodology and subject matter are the same. I allow the meaning of the work to inform the media I will work in, be it photography, video, animation, installation, or performance. Most of my work consists of multiple small pieces meant to come together under one larger project. This again plays into the deeper reoccurring theme of size and scale as it relates to feminism and its role in culture, which most consistently informs my work and sensibilities. I hope to continue to create work that engages viewers in a variety of ways, challenging them to recognize the stereotypes they consciously and unconsciously reinforce. I strive to evoke a response, whether it is laughter, sadness, discomfort, or anger. These gut reactions speak to what we see in each other, and what we see in ourselves; forcing us to question the biases that inform how we interact with those around us. This continues to inspire my work as an artist, a feminist, and a fat woman in a thin centric society.