Posted: March 15, 2003
In my early work I tried dealing with female as ‘form’. I try to deal with the socially accepted and idealized notions of beauty. In this case I decided to form a bronze work that encapsulated, for me, the core issues surrounding femininity and beauty in a market-driven society – from the perspective of a young man. What I came up with are images of shinny values, smooth sleek lines – yet in a threatening and dangerous organic exterior made up of sharp metal thorns. My criticism of idealism involves understanding the modernist figure and I attempted to reconnect with the inherent natural values of a rhizomatic tree-like structure. The ‘flowers’ of this tree are Barbie doll faces, and the ‘fruit’ is an idealized leg. However with the fruit comes a danger, a threat, a defense mechanism.
This work has been shown in several art exhibitions in Canada.