STARE is the debut exhibition from Ripple Art Collective. The group of women open conversations on body consciousness and other issues concerning society, sexism and gender.
An exploration of body hair and society’s relationship with It, STARE is a mixed media show – including illustration, photography and film from Hazel McCoubrey, Lucy Le Brocq, Veronika Teo and Amy Anam Cara.
Throughout the process of creating the artwork the artists let their body hair grow, some for the first time since adolescence. This exhibition documents their journeys, questions that were raised and what was experienced.
LUCY LE BROCQ
Lucy is a photographer and conceptual artist focusing on creating lustful and sensuous images depicted in colour, black and white 35 mm film and experimental digital photography. Portraying the truths of ‘real’ women and the body hair that is so often disguised, ripped off or hidden. The models are exposed and styled in ‘traditional’ sexy poses in their own environments.
Hazel combines a soft illustrative style with images of female body hair to show the beauty of the natural body. Although initially appearing serene there is an underlying theme of lethargy in the work. This represents the frustration and exhaustion experienced during the process of letting her body
hair grow and the impact it had on her day-to-day life. The work explores the idea that by doing nothing we are making a statement to society provoking a reaction that leaves us worn out.
Veronika is a visual artist exploring identity and the relationship with our own bodies, how
much from what we do to our bodies is choice and how much is social construct. For a long
time she has been questioning her own body hair and what it means to her. From being bullied, feeling disgusted, ashamed, unsexy, dirty, wrong to feeling more accepting, real, soft, Veronica has documented her journey growing her body hair and gathering lots of positive but also less positive responses from viewers about female body hair.
Veronika Teo Photography
Wordsmith and gentle friend, writing poetry since the age of 11 growing into a woman who is deeply passionate about using creativity to inspire change and the blending of image and word to create beautiful, powerful messages.
Work by these artists has previously been featured at the Barbican and on BBC, Cosmopolitan, The Independent, VICE and Broadly.
STARE comes to Brighton’s ONCA gallery on Tues 14 – Sun 19 May, as part of Brighton Fringe 2019