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Jessica Ballantyne - "Hand Stand"
Oil on Canvas
W: 700mm x H: 1500mm x D: 40mm
Approx. Weight: 3kg
This work is unframed
About "Hand Stand"
this work comments on the idea that women have to stand on their heads -in other words make more effort- in order to achieve the same positions as their male counter parts,especially socially and economically...
For my final year at university (which this body of work represents) I concentrated fully on the female figure. Using photography and photoshop as an aid, I manipulated images of my body and super imposed stereotypical signs of femininity, in most cases lace, over the body or parts of the body. I'm interested in the objectified female form,which informs most of my works on display. In my work it is usually what is unseen that provokes the viewer. I wish to communicate as a woman the damaging effect of many male and female portrayals of women as "Woman", as an object as a sexual thing. At the same time I'm relating my experience of being a woman and being looked at to the viewer by making my bodies larger than life and somewhat threatening...
student exhibitions at the university in 2006,2007 and 2008
Ba Fine Arts at University of Pretoria
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