“Rubber Dolls” (2020)
9” Embroidery Hoop
Hand embroidery and applique with cotton fabric, PVC fabric, netting and embroidery floss.
Artist’s Statement: “‘The naked female body is treated so weirdly in society. It’s like people are constantly begging to see it, but once they do, someone’s a hoe.’ -Lena Horne
This idea that nudity is intrinsically sexual and intended for a viewer has never resonated with me. I believe that all people, women in particular, should be comfortable and empowered in their own bodies. Nudity should not mainly be about pleasing a viewer or enticing a lover, it should be about feeling good in your own skin and accepting flaws as part of your unique self. I am drawn to images that show people “feeling themselves”. The dichotomy of sexuality and modesty is something I like to play with as well. The two ideas are not mutually exclusive and I aim to find the balance between appearing modest but still feeling sexy.”