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Artists statement

Woman – the cultivated Beast

Always on display, on stage, ready to impress, to seduce, a piece of meat.
Subject to judgement and object of desire.
Captured and tamed, deemed powerless, weak and impure; controlled and robbed of her innate powers.
Addicted to conventional beauty, covered in gold, undressed to impress.
A goddess inside, a raw diamond, gifted to create life, a fierce protector, enduring of pain, a warrior for justice, in charge of her appearance.
A mother, a daughter, a lover, a partner in crime.

Woman – the holy whore…

This project looks at the challenge of being a woman today, a constant struggle in the golden cage of social norms; with judgment only a stone throw away. Being feminine and being proud and unapologetic still seem to be perceived as mutually exclusive ideas. Women of today seem less secure and sound in their self-appearance and self-respect. I wonder how it would feel to be truly feminine, sensual and sexual, yet without losing acceptance, integrity and self-determination. How freeing that would be?

SOURCEMarisa Schlichthorst, Torquay, Australia
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Marisa Schlichthorst is a conceptual photographer based in Melbourne, Australia, where she is also a Research Fellow in the Center for Mental Health, University of Melbourne, currently working in the fields of male mental health, investigating the impact of masculinity and social norms on heath and well-being. In her artistic work she explores the human condition, characteristics that make us human and those we are told make us human. Her work often circles around themes of taboo and aims to challenge common views and perceptions on human existence and behaviour. The thoughtful provocation of change has been a common theme across her academic and artistic work, driven by a strong connection to equality and respect. She currently studies at the Photography Studies College (PSC) in Melbourne just having completed her second year. Her work was exhibited at PSC as part of the Midyear exhibition of outstanding student from work June 2016 to December 2016 and her photo series “Pain” was published in Capture Magazine The Annual 2016 as one of four best student works of the year.

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