And Also With You
BFA Thesis Exhibition at The Crane Arts LLC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2012
I was raised in a catholic family where I was expected to be a modest woman, always polite and immaculate, not only chaste but pure and clean in appearance. The morals and ideals forced upon me stressed the concepts of the gender binary. In order to break free from this stereotypical role, I began to collect and examine artifacts that possess specific gender qualities such as hair, Barbie Dolls, dresses, and undergarments. I then disassembled these objects in a ritualistic manner in order to recontextualize them and allow their new form to convey the antipathy I feel for the beauty and moral standards demanded of me. By incorporating mixed media and imagery into glass castings I explore the unreasonable beauty standards that are expected of me such as an innocent and pure appearance, while contradicting the moral responsibilities that have been force-fed to me throughout my upbringing, such as obedience and restraint.
My work focuses on my personal state of purgatory, where memories of my submissive childhood become acquainted with the skeptic I have grown to be. This uncertainty stems from a series of events that occurred during 2008, where I experienced the loss of loved ones multiple times. Consumed with pain and anger, I left my spiritual self and began to look back on the faith that had involuntarily devoured the majority of my life. With this newfound awareness, I was able to not only question my faith but my existence as a woman.