Artist Statement

Because the rhetoric of an era often betrays the real—if often obscured—issues about the nature of a culture, it deserves serious examination.

Warren Susman, American historian

The idea of female identity has always been under constant reconstruction. Yet, popular rhetoric has a history of transforming the female experience into an overgeneralized, superficial narrative. This incites the question: what rhetoric will define the 21st Century woman? As a woman in contemporary society, I have a direct stake in the type of dialogue that surrounds this question and am impelled to contribute to the conversation. That is the intent behind this body of work.

To echo the words of Susman, this work is an examination of various experiences and anxieties that women in contemporary society face. It is not an attack on any particular group or entity, and it does not provide a clean-cut answer to the issues that confront the modern-day woman. Instead, these sculptures act as catalyst for discussion, primarily because of their ambiguous and multi-faceted nature. In retrospect, these works provoke more questions than they answer.

Inevitably, the female body has become a fundamental part of my work. This is reflective of the intense contestation over female body politics taking place today: reproductive rights, body image, and sexual violence, to name a few. This body politic is informing contemporary female identity, while simultaneously, women are employing their physical bodies to inform the social and political landscape. Drawing from personal experience and the experiences of women that I know, these sculptures undercut the notion of exclusive narrative for 21st Century womanhood.