Here’s a copper drypoint etching I made called Little Martyr. Enraptured by the reclamation of the female body as artistic subject matter by feminist artists of the 1960s and 70s–particularly by the visceral physicality of pieces like Womanhouse–as well as by the idea of young martyrs (Joan of Arc, for one, but also Henry Darger’s Vivian girls), I wanted to create a piece that showed the sacrificing of a young girl’s body. Physical autonomy penetrated and removed, identity obscured, I created her body reduced to a damaged object. I sought to point out the objectification of the female form in religion and art.
I’m still super in love with this theme, and so I’ve been working on a watercolor variation of this Little Martyr, which will be posted soon!