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Thelma Van Rensburg

South Africa

Last updated: June 4, 2014


The materiality of the female biological body has for the most part been excluded from representation in art and society. This exhibition is aimed at finding alternative forms of female representation: therefore forms that will re-present the material female body as volumnious body and not only two-dimensional surface as propogated by the mass media (Pollock 2003:191). Devices of the mass media such as advertising, advertorials and beauty advice impose nearly impossible standards of beauty on women, thereby convincing them that they are valued only for their appearance. My art thus addresses representations of women that stress women’s corporeality as perfected surface and commodity. Such representations also serve the purpose of deconstructing phallocentric representations of women as objects of the male gaze.

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