“I was inspired by a photograph from NASA in which the sun and the moon were set up in juxtaposition with one another” explained the artist. “That’s what gave me the idea for my series of photographs where I juxtapose a heavenly body and a woman’s body.”
“But your work is rather macabre, don’t you think?” the interviewer asked. “And some might say it’s a bit misogynistic and even sadistic, given that all of your subjects that you’ve juxtaposed with the moon, the sun, planets, and stars are women who are tied up or in some sort of physical or sexual distress.”
“Well, yes, but that is the message I’m trying to get across, actually,” she said. “You see, by focusing on a woman’s body and her appearance in our society, we are objectifying her. Even the term “heavenly bodies,” when regularly applied to a woman’s appearance, gives the impression that a woman is defined by her body and not by her substance. Women should be recognized and appreciated for who we are on the inside and not merely for what we look like on the outside.”
“And that’s why you chose ‘Heavenly Bodies’ as the title for your show?” the interviewer asked.
“Exactly,” the photographer said. “Heavenly bodies aren’t so heavenly when women are treated as mere objects subject to the more sadistic nature of men, are they?”