Rupture

My work addresses the construction of contemporary identity in the context of gender and female sexuality. By investigating societal pressure through mass media advertising, I explore how women process and internalize social norms. In this series, I appropriate and distort women’s magazine ads, which define women in terms of their femininity, to examine the tyranny of images and reveal the inherent contradictions in commercialized imagery. I utilize the glitch, a malfunction that causes a breakdown in a system. Often, this process simultaneously reveals information about the program’s hidden structure. Since my work is reflective of the media sources that generate these perceptions, by employing these same devices I am able to question and subvert that message. Ultimately, through my work I hope to facilitate inclusive discourse regarding gender, society, and self.