Emily Mastronardi

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My work examines the notion of consent: consent to live, consent to act and be acted upon, expected consent, inherited consent, taken consent. I use a mixture of performative self-portraiture and constructed models and spaces as a way of evoking the play therapy that a child might engage in following a traumatic event. The images I create are in some moments full of longing and care, and in others grotesque and absurd. The work is a portrait of transition from girlhood to womanhood, and the expectation for a woman’s eventual abandonment of self-agency, even self-preservation. In my practice, I confront what it is to be more palatable as a corpse than as an autonomous woman.


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