Being born in the 1960’s has allowed me to witness a lot of changes in America especially concerning women’s rights. Today, women and girls live in the legacy of those women who fought for our freedom regarding family life, religion, government, employment and education.
My paintings and collages humorously explore the restricting facets of feminine beauty, cultural anxieties about female sexuality,rites, and representations in contemporary society today. My theory originates from my own every day experiences as a woman. My artwork seeks to reclaim feminine stereotypes that are deemed disgusting such as beauty rituals, pubic hair, and female bodily functions. I redefine femininity as an act of reclamation, an act of learning to love or at least accepting myself as I am, despite what society suggests.
Mary Ellen Judge