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My work explores relationships, beauty and women's identity in a post-feminist era. It is a series of portraits which illustrate the character beneath the surface of small town Canadian women. Each subject has sent intimate digital images of themselves nude, something which now is much more instantaneous than before due to the easiness and accessibility of the internet and digital cameras. These portraits question the distance between subject and viewer and how we look at people. In the artist/model relationship, the women whom I had asked were close friends and had full reign in how they chose to adorn themselves and pose. Aspects of role playing and personal preferences in how they wish to be seen are very revealing and intimate. It is an intimate investigation of women's identity and sexuality in a post feminist era, where a woman can be a sexual object for herself

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Comment by Resident Curator on August 19, 2015 at 1:31pm

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I find these to be interesting portraits that at once embrace Western societies’ sensibilities and expectations about beauty and femininity, as well as defy it.  In particular, Robbehah 9 exerts a general confidence of gesture, while there is a bold graphic quality to the way her bald head fills the picture plane.  I find the light value of the color in the negative space enhances the smooth quality and tone of her skin, while emphasizing the darker linear contours of her features.   I agree with your accompanying text that this series of women is revealing and intimate, for a variety of psychological aspects of distance and gaze.  But I’m not certain what aspects of feminism are rejected, as per the reference to post-feminism?  The question of the “selfie” in the digital age adds another layer of interpretation to the project, as viewers become more familiar with tightly cropped self-referential imagery.

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