The Body is The Bind

How patriarchy interrupts the pursuit of the authentic self

Defining the Feminine Construct

The feminine construct is a set of ubiquitous and compulsory cultural ideals for performing womanhood in society. Though too numerous to be compiled here, the ideals set forth by the feminine construct demand of women bodily perfection in health, image, and comportment; sexual desirability; emotional tranquility; consumerist extravagance; and hyper-domesticity.

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Influences

Philosophical Influences

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Images from The Body is The Bind process Book

Process

Using the research and influences outlined above, I proposed a series of visual experimentations that would reproduce the feelings of personal estrangement felt by women whose sense of identity is fragmented under the pressure of subjugation. The reproduction would make use of obstructed physical interaction and visual fallacy to impose self-consciousness and affected movement.

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Exhibition

The Body is The Bind is showing in the Stone Gallery at 855 Commonwealth Avenue at Boston University from May 10, 2019 to May 16, 2019.

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The Body is The Bind exhibition
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Viewers interacting with the installation on opening night

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