As I head into the "studio" today (my home has become an example of a living, breathing studio!), I am reflecting on the purpose of this shoot. I would like to draw upon my sarcastic and humorous yet subtly (and sometimes not so subtle!) concupiscent side. If I can manage to encompass all of these aspects into my images, well, then, I'm half way there!
HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO
The role of wife, mother and woman present many challenges in modern society; lines of distinction are ever changing and often grayish and blurred. Have Your Cake and Eat it Too, explores stereotypes and labels that are traditionally and historically exclusive to women. As gender roles fluctuate according to time, culture and economy, this series attempts to challenge the viewer’s idea of the role of women in the 21st century.
In a tongue-and-cheek style, Have Your Cake and Eat it Too explores the difficulty women of the 21st century face: managing womanhood, family and career – without losing themselves. By drawing on cultural, historical and photographic references such as Frances Benjamin Johnston’s 1896 Self Portrait, this series attempts to debunk and poke fun at the roles that women have traditionally held as well as those roles they currently hold. As Johnston’s images challenged the roles of women in the Victorian era, Have Your Cake and Eat It Too explores the difficulty women of the 21st century face.
Women have been told that they are nurturers, caregivers, cooks, boo-boo kissers, lunch-packers, home-makers, ageless sex goddesses and bread winners. Woman’s roles aren’t as clear as they once were which has left many with the expectation that they can have it all. Have Your Cake and Eat it Too declares that you can have it all, and you can look good doing it.