My artwork explores the relationship between social norms and societal power imbalances, mainly from a feminist perceptive, shedding light too on the ways in which these are often embedded in development-related practices in our society. I do so by manipulating 'natural materials' – i.e. ecological paper – and showing how that to successfully do so one requires mechanized manipulation. I begin by exploring the fragility of this eco friendly paper (symbolising women's skin) and comparing it to the effects of societal norms on its final outcome. Moreover, I argues, some social norms are maintaining and are contributing to said gender inequality. My work is about the daily norms women 'need' to follow in order to be accepted in society. Our identity is being changed and moulded around traditional views daily. Through my piece, I decided to use the measurements of my own body to create 3D paintings by using the irrational/awful method that was used during the second world war to define what was a pure Aryan race/identify; i.e. through measuring people's body parts to find out who belong to it or not.
I decided to apply this irrational theory in my work to define how gender had been manipulated through the decades. In some senses, one could argue that my work serves as a critique of the ways in which gender had been impacted by the ongoing processes of 'naturalisation' patent in our own society. These, I argue, are often based on irrational methods that have been used to identify and define members of society. However, the abstractedness and irrationality of these methods have proven difficult to sustain. It is also important to note that the I created an abstract installation as a way to symbolise society’s ‘social Moulding’ theories that often uses sociological "categorical tools" based on mere unreal and fabricated ideals from Patriarchies systems - illusion of women bodies - where the unnatural becomes natural.
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