preserve x 186
"Every day I stumble upon close-up images of ‘perfect’ female body parts; perky, smooth, sculpted objects. Each of these fragments looks like it was cast into a silky smooth mould. These floating body parts have neither context nor gravity."
The way mainstream media represents body image and its meaning quite often displays only overly sexualised portrayal of femininity. To deprive femininity from any contextual substance, and assign it only to a basic function of being a visual commodity for the public, is to reinsure perpetuation of one-sided, unequal, distorted constructs that do not offer any space nor potential for further growth. These circumstances situate women in a malignant, comparative position between what is imposed as a normalised image of femininity, and what they truly are.
‘Preserve x 186’ is a sculpture series that was performed through long moulding sessions of the artist’s body parts in public. By materialising the pain of remaining in one position, Yedidia reflects on the constant objectification of women and the expectation of us to remain silent.
Preserve x 186, 2017, performative sculpture series, various measurements, photos: Kateryna Snizhko