In our visual heritage, the female body has represented many ideas. It is seen, at times, as idealized beauty, symbolic power, maternal refuge, commodity or sexual object. Because of this rich and varied history, I have chosen the female figure to photographically “dissect” in this work. The central images are meant to appear cold and clinical, reminiscent of laboratory specimen, archive or catalogue photos. The pictographs beneath are comprised of photographs gathered from other informational sources and are intended to function as texts. Each piece relies on the symbolic juxtaposition of these collaged elements for its "reading".
Seen in its entirety, Body/Parts comments on the various roles (parts) that are thrust upon women during their lives. My hope is that each piece is clear enough in its content to suggest such ideas yet ambiguous enough in its form to allow for multiple layers of interpretations.