'Vir/femina' depict gender-specific hair placed on female face. 'Femina' depicts misplaced pubic hair and speaks about the idea of a woman being hairless from the hairline down as a social norm, it speaks of a porn culture dictating the fashion of hairless – prepuberty look for female genital area. It speaks of women feeling more comfortable, more 'clean' without their natural hair on the body. It speaks about the time woman spends removing it and in controversy about adding hair to gain feminine eyelashes – thick, long and dark. 'Vir' continues with the lashes – it depicts a woman with a beard made from false eyelashes. This image speaks about maleness. Beard is not allowed on female body, it is an instant sex-determinator, the same as thick, long, dark and/or false eyelashes are. The combination of unwanted beard and desired, but fake lashes speaks about the fluid nature of gender.
'This is a woman' looks at women in a certain power structure, the power structure that is public and should represent us – politics. The political scene is a mirror of society’s desires. Before elections, politicians do and say what they think will appeal to the public. What’s more, they have to depict a persona commoners will like; it is sad to see that women in the public eye are expected not only to look smart, but have a distinct sexualized image. To highlight this I merge The Sun newspaper's page three girls and the women politicians. The work is about the confusion a professional woman has to face everyday about her body and its use.
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