A Sydney based multi-disciplinary artist, my work uses dolls as symbolic objects to question and subvert dominant concepts of femininity. I dismember the dolls, creating installations, drawings and assemblages which reference the abject, depicting bodies which refuse to be contained. In doing so they transgress order and appropriate boundaries, resisting femininity that is constrained, domestic and maternal. The choice to use the toy doll as the primary motif in my work is significant in light of its role in history and contemporary society in shaping girls’ early experiences of being female. Researchers and theorists have charged dolls with normalising maternity, domesticity, physical perfection and mass consumption for girls. Their anthropomorphic qualities make them an ideal object for commenting on the experience of being female.
Organising the dolls into personal taxonomic systems is another strategy I use to critique constructs of femininity. Privileging a personal system of cataloging above anthropological, historical, scientific or artistic modes of classification begins to question the authority of established hierarchies of knowledge.
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