Being the female artist in question, the presentation, ownership and use of my own body in this particular context is most appropriate, as it displays the intention of the female artist (the producer of the artwork) to present how the portrayal of self-objectification vs the objectified/represented female form shot/drawn/seen by a male artist is received - which is a particularly crucial question. Portrayal of the perfected female form popular to the male gaze is seen across a wide range of media, both current and historic - the painting, the sculpture, the fashion image.

However the visual voice of the female artist and her portrayal of other women aside from this gaze is limited in culture, most images of women are generated by men, and many female concepts of themselves are repressed / internalised views that represent the male gaze inclusively - a self-objectification on the women's part. Debatably the issue of make up, body hair and body shape - particularly our understanding of this, social pressures to conform to this and why it exists.

Without delving into easily-overlooked formats and stylistic cliches is there a way to analyse this behaviour and attack it - challenge it, distort and subvert it - try to make the viewer, the actor, the participant self aware? How do you tell a person committing these acts they are wrong when the rest of society is telling them they're ok to do this? It is a form of accepted, and seemingly acceptable misogyny that pervades throughout day-to-day culture in many parts of the world, and is embedded in both men and women, regardless of their position in life. Women accept this kind of behaviour as part of life, and this notion is something that should certainly be challenged - to change, to alter, to remove if possible.

Vasilisa Forbes 2018