Images are scanned negatives of 120 mm Fomapan 400 Action black and white photographic film
Domestique features a series of self-portraits I staged in three rooms of my residence and formed into three independent sequences subtitled Scenes.
This project represents my first conscious decision to use the creative process for confronting my emotional state while exploring the sense of the self. In this work I reflected on the grip of relationship crisis I was currently facing. Also this was the first time I experienced a state of catharsis achieved through the very process of making the work. I used my body to explore the role of feminine eroticism in a woman’s everyday life in order to try to liberate the guilt I felt. Through engaging the theme of male gaze as a way of approaching my subject, this project intends to provoke an argument concerning the difference between erotic and pure nudity. This work also refers to my fascination with surrealism as the signified meanings I have expressed in each image strive to challenge viewers’ association with fantasy.