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.