— Ernest Becker
From what I’ve researched so far, the majority of people feel that female body hair is either an aggressive political/feminist statement or a sexual fetish - what a crazy society we live in.
I wanted to add a bit of humour to this project, laughing at ourselves is sometimes a good way of addressing an issue. Trying very hard to keep away from sexual connotations, but its difficult when the media pushes the female form as only that. It’s quite challenging to maintain a balance with something so sensitive.
Some ideas so far:
(At Uni) For my Major Negotiated project, I wish to promote a positive social attitude towards body image and raise self-confidence amongst women by challenging the stigma attached to female body hair.
Many societies such as the American and British conform to the idea of hair removal being a necessary and natural ritual. However, I feel that women should have the freedom to choose, that they needn’t feel ashamed or enslaved by such an objective idea of beauty.
To avoid it being side-lined as a stereotypically feminist campaign, my approach will be light-hearted and lateral. Rather than attacking the idea of hair removal, I hope to simply normalise the notion of hair: ‘Hair, it grows on you’
Really excited to be working on this, alot of nakey people to follow.
Research for 3rd Year has begun!
Currently have three subjects of interest;
- Death - ‘rebranding’ and challenging the generally negative connotations
- Female body image, in particular hair and makeup - Reinterpreting the ‘norm’
- Portrayal of female characters in the mass media (kind of ties in with top one)
(Have a feeling of discovering a much broader underlying theme though)
I’m pretty excited about having the opportunity to explore these ideas more seriously. It’s important to note that everything is contextualised and subjective to various elements of society; cultural, spiritual, political and so on - I love that I can play with this!
When I completed my foundation Art year, I really struggled to choose between courses. My tutor gave me some top advice and said that any visually creative course would allow me to channel and challenge thoughts simultaneously.
It’s true and it’s been really great.