Artist Talk: Suzy Gonzalez

ImageThis Saturday, April 27th, join us as Suzy talks about the relationships she explored in her current solo exhibition at Lady Base Gallery, EXPOSED. 
This closing reception will take place from 12-4 PM and the talk starts @ 2PM.

EXPOSED Artist Statement

Each work alludes to an advertisement for an animal based food product that has used the female body to its advantage. Within the larger figures, I collage with polished advertisements relating to that product. These ads are presented to the public, while the violence is kept secret, and the victims kept silent. In cutting up imagery to create my final product, I reference both body chopping of women in advertising and the chopping of animal bodies into meat. My simple color scheme symbolizes the most basic elements of an animal’s body: blood and flesh.

Influenced by feminist – vegetarian theories, I explore the relationships between the inequalities of the female human and the female nonhuman. Both struggle to control the treatment of their bodies and are frequently viewed as objects rather than subjects.
By using humor, popular advertising renders these inequalities acceptable and to be desired. When seen in the right context, they expose the objectification and consumption of all females. Eating meat and objectifying women both provide pleasure for the modern day consumer. This pleasure is a result of the hierarchies of species and gender within our society. While women are visually and sexually consumed, animals are literally consumed. To compare women to meat is to reinforce violence against women as the mass slaughtering of animals is an incredibly violent act.

I want to take some time to thank and cite Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat. Her work has contributed a great deal of influence to my own. – Suzy Gonzalez

Lady Base Gallery

1913 S Flores

San Antonio, Texas 78204

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