Hyper femininity (2019)

A commentary on gender roles and the suffocating expectations of how to behave as a woman. The work is about how performing femininity makes me feel chipped away at. An animation in my likeness, a cyborg self, walks in circles in a monotonous, contained space. There’s no escaping this invisible enclosure.

 

The background audio is appropriated from YouTuber Trisha Paytas, who has made a living exaggerating femininity online. She speaks of wanting to be seen and makes existential statements through the trope of the blonde bimbo. As the cyborg walks around, stock photography advertising images directed at women circle her. The ads embody the essence of femininity as a concept; sex, beauty, self-criticism and improvement, artificiality. In this maze, the cyborg walks endlessly until she breaks the 4th wall.

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