The pomegranate has long been seen as a sacred fruit in many religions and has been a staple in mythology throughout history, representing purity, fertility and life. Often associated with womanhood through myths and artistic expression, the pomegranate and the female form are perpetually linked. The Greek myth of Persephone and the coming of Spring, can be read as an embrace of the abject and the incoming of womanhood.
Society has been formed around a patriarchal hierarchy and as women, we are taught to adjust our natural instincts and to adapt to this culture of the male gaze. We are constantly assaulted by ideas of perfection and can be led to feel alien or monstrous in a body that can tend to work against us. Man has been the Subject for so long, while women have been relegated to the position of the Other.
Through abject imagery, I’m exploring the abstraction that can be perceived of the natural female form and the relationship between the body and itself, internally and externally. As we embrace the destruction of the 'perfect', maybe we can embrace ourselves and finally perceive the unnatural as normal.