IN PRODUCTION: THE FEMININE
The face of the feminine has always been a bit of an obsession for Kobe who grew up in the Catholic Church where the only female representation was that of virgin, mother or whore. Even as a young child, she felt those options did little to represent the richness of the female condition.
As it so often is in life, we as people present that who we think we are, who we want to be or who we’re expected to be to the outside world. We as women dye our hair, make our eyelashes longer, paint our faces, wear undergarments that shape our bodies to fit into whatever mold are trying to fit into.
Artists Kobe and Suzor feel that those daily practices are essentially costumes designed to enhance the desired personas. Once we shed those guises, are we not still women underneath it all? What does it mean to be feminine once you’ve taken away all the paint, costumes and personas?
Although the artists are working toward an art book and gallery show, There is no expected Set outcome for the shape this project will take visually or via written word… It is an exploration that is constantly evolving and will vary from shoot to shoot, and in the editing, writing and display process.
There are two parts to each shoot with photographer Melissa Kobe. For the first part, each woman comes ready to shoot dressed and styled as she feels she is at her best, whatever that means to her. The second part of the shoot is in the nude after having showered and washed away her hair-do and makeup.
Although nudity is required of each model, each woman can show the camera what she’s comfortable with. The model must also approve any images for use.
Each subject is interviewed at least once by poet Sarah Suzor.