The Mannequin - NEXT Exhibition
The female body and the attributes of sexiness, elegance, and coquettishness have sold everything from cigarettes to sandwiches, washing machines and war bonds. The three dimensionality of the mannequin focuses upon the flow and the user experience people have as they circumvent the piece as they look at the advertisements that have objectified women to attract attention to their products.
I decoupaged the mannequin with advertisements that demonstrate how women are not only sexualized but broken down into their component parts. The mannequin is headless to emphasize that representing women as sexual objects promotes a stereotype that women have no brains and other qualities other than their physical attributes. The mannequin was displayed with a take away brochure that shed light on these issues and could hopefully continue the conversation beyond the gallery space.