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epoch, stage, shell

EPOCH, STAGE, SHELL

Installation view, Queens Museum, 2018

Installation view, Queens Museum, 2018

 
 

epoch, stage, shell, is a body of layered, black-and-white photographs in which I photograph my body mimicking poses and gestures found in Greco-Roman ethnographic, art historical, and commercial images. In this work, I reevaluate how women’s bodies have been historically presented and consumed. I cut up, reconstruct and re-photograph these collaged compositions to strategically emphasize or disguise the evidence of my interventions, rendering the images as both whole and fragmented. The photographs in this work evoke how ancient material is seen—as partial and shattered— and alludes to the psychological violence caused by the idealization of women’s bodies both past and present.