I am an established artist working in all mediums and have exhibited extensively since 2007. My work has been published in 2 international art volumes and I hold a BTech Degree in Fine Arts as well as honors degrees in Psychology and Human movement studies. I am currently completing a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria in South Africa
I am interested in the female form and the objectification and dismemberment of women. I try to make sense of this dismemberment by the very act of dismembering. My main means of art making is the manipulation of images in Photoshop. By manipulating the skin or surface of the female body, I am subverting the traditional role of men, not taking control of the body myself and fragmenting and dismembering it – more often than not, the artworks manifest themselves through the female gaze. Through this process I create my own phantasmagoric world of women.
Throughout my work I aim to portray the masks women use in order to be accepted by contemporary society. These masks become an alternative ‘skin’, distorting one’s identity. By constantly using masks we lose ourselves in the process and our identity and sense of self becomes trapped in the mask. The mask conceals that which we don’t want others to see, thus deceiving others and distorting our concept of self. Masking is a form of ‘Othering’. To place oneself as Other or as masked is already to position oneself in a resistive position, whereby difference is threatening to (the logical explanations, habitual practices and unquestioned assumptions of the established order and its defined categories.
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