VISUAL PLEASURE 2009-10

In this series I examine the artificiality of femininity, and the strategies

we employ to create the illusion of sexuality.  In the photographs the

female character is not a simulacra - but the construction of her as an

 idealised woman renders her artificial. During the shoot I arrange myself

 on a stage with cut-out furniture and attempt to hold them in place.

 I struggle to maintain the position I have allocated myself – that of the

object of desire. On first reading these images appear to fall neatly into

a patriarchal sexual language that Mulvey describes, a construction

of sexuality that reduces the female subject into a 2-dimensional

representation. But the woman is isolated in a world of her own making –

she has created the fantasy of body image in order to appeal to the

male gaze. This is the female paradox – she is captive in the panopticon

that she built up around herself.