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.

"...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.“

I have tried to illustrate, through metaphor, the struggles 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 been created with a photo process that adds to its story, and may include Platinum Palladium printing, Wet Collodion Tintype, Mordancage, Albumen printing, Cyanotype, and Gum Bichromate printing.