There's a lot that we demand of the female figure. Beyond the cultural and physical standards to constantly keep in mind, is supposed to be an assertion that your body, no matter what, is beautiful. Conveniently, there is an inherent bravery in finding beauty in your "imperfections" that only serves to validate the perfection standards in the first place. Any imbalance in expressing this dichotomy gets met with either the over-sexualized or prudish label respectively.
Emily Truman explores this contrast in her collage series "PRECAUTION/EXPOSED". Each piece challenges the viewer's expectations of the female identity as the subject is either exposing or hiding. Though on opposite spectrums, each reaction serves as a mechanism for how one protects themselves from the tangible and intangible elements. The artist's unique depth evokes a strong binary emotion with each collage; a reaction only the most visionary can create from magazine and book scraps.
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