The Exposed Feminine is a study of femininity through the figure and identity by obscuring and exposing the subject with fabric and light. These self-portraits depict the feminine figure concealed and then emerging and interacting with the viewer. My previous series, Obscuration, draped the figures in fabric to hide the subjects’ faces and bodies, therefore erasing their identities. The action of obstructing the individuals mirrors both historical and present situations where women and marginalized groups are subject to societal and cultural pressures including loss of bodily autonomy, stereotypes, expectations, and political, social, and economic restrictions. However, in The Exposed Feminine, the feminine figure breaks through these constraints and has control over how much she is exposed or concealed, reclaiming the power over her identity.
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