LAURA RODRIGUEZ

2020 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS GRADUATE

EMPHASIS IN PAINTING

My work is about the creation of a formal image that explores the female identity as both an object and subject. Through a visual language that appeals to both mind and body, these sexually stimulating images force the viewer into an interaction with the image and instigate a response. These images, which explore the distinctly female gaze, reconfigure composition, and point-of-view to comment on the essentially antagonistic way that women have been represented as objects of desire from the masculine point-of-view throughout history.

 

In these pieces, I use photography as a tool to help me portray the subject (myself) in a way where she looks at and connects with, the viewer. This makes every observer also the receiver of the gaze. The main focus of this work is the gaze of the gazers.

 

These pictures are about me—seeing you— seeing me.

 

The Subject here does not intend to be an object, the Subject intends to turn the viewer into a voyeur and subject them to the object of the gaze.

BFA THESIS PROJECT

The female gaze is a way of feeling seen as a subjective camera that attempts to get inside the protagonist. I consider each of my watercolors a frame to share and create a feeling of being in feeling. My intention for the BFA Show was to create 10 pieces that encapsulate that very idea.

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