An Excerpt from “Artist Statement 2019”

marilyn Reclining

“We are literally peeling back the façade of beauty and peering underneath. The removal of the flesh reminds us that we are all, under the surface made meat. Although sensual, there is a sense of power that these iconic final images seem to have. By reminding the audience that we are all the same underneath, we cease to objectify the model and delve into her psyche. In this case there seems to be a personal acceptance of her own physical form that is the source of her empowerment. It is through that empowered lens that the models gaze is then turned back on the viewer, reminding us of our own fragility. In this sense, by removing the flesh to reveal the meat is the means through which I hope to give the model back her humanity”.