'Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at' (John Berger, 1972). I have an interest in how women are perceived and how the stereotypical gender representation of an 'ideal' woman, beautiful, delicate and alluring, has created a distortion of the true identity of the woman. Feminist theorist Laura Mulvey observed that in film the camera assumes the perspective of the male viewer, a theory known as the 'the male gaze.' Think of any visual medium - film, advertising, music videos; this 'male gaze' is still often prevalent where stereotypical gender representation objectifies women as 'appearing' for the man. I use Barbie dolls as a representation of this idyllic perfection and also to reflect a society, that still exists in some respects today, of plasticity and misrepresentation.
Lisa Cunnane • James Devine • Daniel Morelli • Karen Murphy • Rachel Pearson • carys haf •