Screenprint Collage, 75"x38"
Reflective of a legacy of constructed truth, which is laden overwhelmingly with distortion, Defined and Obscured traces a lineage of impressions made on and by patterns in representation across eras and mediums. Through acts of reenactment and reframing, channeling disparate eras of art making to manufacture these images, my process is a mirror to the means of production through which a bombardment of repeated portrayals have culminated to impact even today’s cultural treatment of otherness. My work identifies instances of a consistent conundrum found in depictions in which one is simultaneously defined and oppressed by that which constructs their identity, in order to highlight the victims, patterns, effects, and obscurity of such a continuum. With an approach rooted in self reflection and revisionism, this piece rejects the consequences of an overrepresentation in works of art and media, in which endless incarnations of a trope that acts to idealize and exoticize femininity while simultaneously demonizing its power, is used as a tool for the justification of imposed limitation and violence.