Competing Desires explores the contradictions in representations of motherhood, fertility, and desire, through the influence of photographic culture.
The identity of motherhood comes with baggage. Throughout art history we rarely see women by themselves, unless they are imaged as sexual objects. Mostly women are shown with children in the context of motherhood or care. This series challenges patriarchal norms by separating out the way cultural expectations burden and betray personal desire, intuition, and need.
The sculptures are made with found and original photographs, in addition to material waste and household objects. Connecting these elements I seek to identify and make sense of the influence of our culture’s powerful external expectations of women, particularly around motherhood, as well as my own.
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Image Credit: © Naomi White Competing Desires (1)
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