DAWN WOOLLEY

In this series of photographs I further explore the idea of the archetypal woman. Although the femme fatale reinforces the idea of women as sexual objects, she is one of the few cinematic representations of women as active subjects. She may display herself in a sexually alluring way, but her purpose is not linked to the sexual gratification of men. The femme fatale drives the plot of film noir and dominates the lens whilst the leading men succumb to her power and do her bidding. She is the antithesis of patriarchal social order and threatens to shake the foundations of the nuclear family.