Marks of Obsession: Appearance, Transformation, Pain, and the Abject Female Body
Using a conceptual framework, this creative research explores women’s bodies as they transform. The body of work that emerged through creative practice engages in existing discourse on body image and the dissemination of ideal images by the Western fashion system. Through a series of artistic processes that transform images to the point of dissolution, this work considers how the self is embodied through varied experiences of transformation. “Marks of Obsession” considers images of the female body as abject and, visualized through self-objectification and pain, attempts to comprehend and empathize with the self, as it supports the body to realize dominant social ideals.