Furious uses thrift store fashion dolls, undressed, masked and painted, as characters in dramatic photographic tableaux.
I am trying to depict the helplessness, anger, and desire for revenge I feel about the escalating war against women, our bodies, and our rights. I hope that women who see these images will mourn, laugh, and seek solidarity and redress. And that men may recognize the truth beneath the drama. To paraphrase Jung, I want to make the darkness conscious.
Girls from all cultures use dolls to work out their deepest fears and feelings – privately and uncensured. They cut off their doll’s heads, marry them, bury them, mark and maul their bodies, and make up stories - safely rehearsing the chaos and drama of grownup life. Because a doll is not a person it is a perfect vehicle for fantasy. You can bloody it, torture it, jail, and murder it then celebrate gleefully without consequence. The inanimate doll still exists. You can't kill plastic.
Glittering paper, mirrors and transparent glass heighten and distort the logic of these photographs. Even within a picture you may not know where you are or be sure of what you see. I want to illustrate the quicksand nature of truth and fiction within each of us. It is unnerving yet vitally important to question our own perceptions and memories when bombarded ceaselessly by conflicting, messages from the outside world.
I am fascinated by the various interpretations these pictures evoke beyond the feminist statement: Do you read them as images of plastic dolls in dramatic and illogical settings, as artistic arrangements of disparate visual elements, or as highly offensive pornographic assaults?
The title, Furious, refers to an ancient Greek tragedy, The Eumenides, by Aeschylus, in which terrifying revenge goddesses, the Furies, pursue Orestes, who has murdered his mother for killing his father. The goddess, Athena, rescues him and installs a jury, which cannot agree whether to save him or turn him over to death by Furies. Athena casts her deciding vote for Orestes proclaiming that because she was born from a man and had no mother herself “I vouch myself the champion of the man not the woman.” A kind of Alice in Wonderland logic we have become accustomed to. You will find characters represening the Furies in this series.