Veneration

05/10/2022 - 22/10/2022

Lily Mae Martin
Garter

2022

oil on aluminium

17.00 x 12.00 cm

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Veneration

I originally intended for these pieces to all be of me, but over time the subjects became performers, sex workers, life models and friends - those who modelled for me became examples of women who found freedom and empowerment through their sexuality and physicality. In the past while my work has explored the physical form it's been as a non-sexual expression, and with this work I wanted to illuminate the two spaces that women often live in - that of desire and of repression.

Often the sexuality of women is seen as inherently degrading, something to be subjugated or disparaged, but this body of work is a release of that censorship, both internal and external. The time I spent with the models I work with was sometimes a secret endeavour, and the work is representative of women's sexuality existing in secret spaces, and the hidden power of embracing it.

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