Through a series of linked artworks I wanted to present the lifecycle of the female consumer, from the idealized teenager caught up in the commodified pursuit of perfection to the ageing body sinking from view.
Pacifier considers consumption – particularly the body-labour required to achieve an ideal body – as a form of distraction. Sexualisation and infantilisation are implied by the sweets, sex toys and nail art practice dummies representing pacified consumers. These commodities transform the consumer into an erotic spectacle – a surface appeal without substance. Decorative and sexual characteristics overpower the other aspects of the body. Each work contains multiple surfaces vying for attention, the textures of the faux surfaces in the ellipse directly compete with the objects they support and the coloured expanses surrounding them. The vignettes may be viewed as portraits or the beheaded trophies of a hunter.