Artist Journal

Sophia Wallace

THANK YOU SOPHIA WALLACE!

Not sure if I can say this enough. I Tumbled upon Wallace through one of the feminist tumblr’s I follow and all I can say is Thank You. 

Follow Her NOW: http://sophiawallace.tumblr.com/

Her works speak to women, the queer community, and the world at large. Wallace is relevant and bold in her photography and art. 

Wallace’s portraits in “On Beauty” prompt the viewer to question the relationship between gender and beauty, objectification, and aesthetics. Wallace states, “I utilized male models- living representations of idealized masculinity- in order to explore the semiotics of the construction of gender.” 

Wallace’s work is moving and inspiring. She presents problems and gives these problems a voice of sorts. 

In her work “Truer” she captures a queer relationship between herself and a lover over 7 months. She produced this piece due to the “systematic censorship” of queer relationships. Wallace states, “The record of such lives can be found most notably in their absence. As such, Truer work as art and as evidence.” The pictures have the depth and weight to speak on queer relationships and touch those in the queer community as well as outside the community. The works in Truer particularly spoke to me because the look similar to my relationship. 

Wallace’s work is diverse. She is not afraid to breach the boundaries that often separate race, class, and gender. In her work “Girls Will be Bois” Wallace photographs women who “present a non-normative femininity and thus don’t have the ability to ‘pass’ as straight women or  even as lesbian sex object and thus confront homophobia along with class distinctions.” 

And of course, let’s not overlook the piece that is highlighted on the Tumblr page right now: Cliteracy. 

Oh yes, we’re learning all sorts of empowering, shocking, angering, and most of all true facts about the clit. This little piece of human anatomy has been ignored and rejected as a recognizable source of pleasure. Wallace brings up this and many other issues surrounding the clit in her work. We don’t use this word much, it is deemed taboo in most places. Don’t shy away from this work, or any of Wallace’s work for that matter. Embrace it, challenge yourself to learn from it, and you will. 

Go to her website. DO IT!: http://sophiawallace.com/index.php

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