‘…how she appears to men, is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life. Her own sense of being in herself is supplanted by a sense of being appreciated as herself, by another…. men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at… Thus she turns herself into an object — and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.”
from ‘Ways of Looking’ by John Berger
‘I’m Your Venus’ is a critique on the objectification of women in contemporary culture. Referencing John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’ and Laura Mulvey’s Male Gaze in 70’s Hollywood film, the latest offering from upcoming artist Em Cole see’s a strip tease with a twist, blurring fantasy with the digital to reveal the hollow nature of the female ideal.