St. Mary's Projects in Studio Art:

Amber Fryza / SMP 2015

Looking At Her

My work is about the portrayal of female bodies that are intended to be admired by others. Specifically, I focus on the dynamics of sexual objectification; the male gaze that reduces a woman to an object of sexual gratification and the woman’s willingness to participate as signified by her submissive posing and reciprocal gaze back.  I critique this demeaning relationship by disrupting the gaze of the viewer and thereby create a work of art that rejects the tradition of portraiture that objectifies women. I do this by both obstructing the lines of sight between viewer and the viewed, and degrading the photograph to a point where the image becomes incomprehensible.