Studies of Women

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Studies of Women

This project is an image collection that focuses on the inner conflicts of young women as they journey to adulthood.

The changes that occur in young women during adolescence are the focus of many studies, and one book in particular that informs this work is called Reviving Ophelia, by Mary Pipher.

“As a therapist, Mary Pipher was becoming frustrated with the growing problems among adolescent girls. Why were so many of them turning to therapy in the first place? Why had these lovely and promising human beings fallen prey to depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts, and crushingly low self-esteem? The answer hit a nerve with Pipher, with parents, and with the girls themselves. Crashing and burning in a “developmental Bermuda Triangle,” they were coming of age in a media-saturated culture preoccupied with unrealistic ideals of beauty... They were losing their resiliency and optimism in a “girl-poisoning” culture that propagated values at odds with those necessary to survive.“

Each of these images attempts to illustrate, through metaphor, the struggles and issues of expectation and identity that are encountered by young women finding their place in society. These include metaphoric image juxtaposition, mudras-like hand gestures, and portraiture.

Each image has process elements that add to its story, and may include Platinum Palladium printing, Wet Collodion Tintype, Mordancage, Albumen printing, Cyanotype, and Gum Bichromate printing.