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The man who understood women

Kerry Clark //

I make work that explores the connotations of gender by reconstructing imagery seen as typical of women; romantic views of women as either over emotional and fragile or prim and proper are played out through re-enactment. I perform their gender to deconstruct cultural clichés and refute particular ideals. Popular culture informs my practice, particularly what is regarded as “women’s” culture; through appropriation and masquerade I want to look again at these “normal” behaviours. I want to question the role they have played in shaping my identity and sexuality. I want to re-evaluate femininity. Photography allows me to do this; I am interested in its ability to control and categorise – in its ability to live outside of reality and experience, I exploit this by acting out, reinventing myself, my character, my performance. By sourcing images of women from television and film I am able to reconstruct reality, experience and environment. Through this investigation I am able to define and take ownership of my representation.

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