Friday, October 06, 2006

"Ease" (2005) by Sharon Shapiro

Sharon Shapiro (Bluefield, West Virginia, USA) lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Images of women that I saw growing up shaped my personal idea of sexuality and simultaneously created a deep sense of unease. I paint mostly girls and women in an attempt to decode femininity, desire, and the push-pull between control and compliance felt as a female.

I work from found photos, ads from the 50’s and 60’s, images of my daughter and myself in order to raise the question: has our vulnerability to outside forces--such as fashion culture, media presentations, our peers, our mothers-- decreased or increased over time?


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