This body of work, “Burdens of a White Dress,” is a set of surreal portraits that reflect being born in a fringe religious movement, the infamous Unification Church. The project’s title refers to the emphasis placed on a woman’s role in my childhood. A woman’s value was intrinsically tied to her purity and virginity; after marriage that value shifted into the realm of motherhood.
By using a square format and a stark palette, violently splashed with red, I explore the concepts of constraint, along with shame, evil, wantonness, and of the blood of womanhood, birth and death.
Because this was my own personal experience of leaving a repressive religious environment, I often use myself as a model. My body is then contorted or manipulated to demonstrate the internal effects of the struggle that it is to free one’s mind from a controlling belief system, and to demonstrate the repressed place that femininity had in my world.
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