Susanna Dominguez / Men and Their Tools / January 16 – February 09 2013
Do we really objectify men as much as men objectify themselves? Do their tools of trade define who they are?
Men & Their Tools is a tongue-in-cheek look at the media marketing of the male form. It is visual realisation of the intense focus in social media and the favourite subject in most women’s magazines – Does size really matter?
It is also poking a bit of fun at men and the way in which they see themselves in relation to their roles – just like a car has the power to not only dictate one’s social status, but magically making up for what one lacks in the size department.
We can tell ourselves until the cows come home that we don’t objectify men, like men do to women in the media. In my hunt to dispel or prove this ‘myth’ of appendage size as the object of our desire, does size matter or is it just men’s bragging rights – I didn’t have to look far to feed this notion.
Susanna’s earliest memories are of of vivid, beautiful forms. As long as she can remember she would sculpt, draw, visualize and admire the aesthetics of the body.
The human form, in it’s many incarnations, collaborations and psyches, was bought to life through her early introduction to theatre. The ballet inspired and created images that burned in her mind of long rippling muscles, grace, strength and poise. Homomorphism and erotic, engaging the viewer in suggestion but not sexualisation.
Susanna’s nudes were a starting point of the evolution of her practice. Sexy without sexualisation, erotic without insinuation, engaging without suggestion – just like the ballet, she found freedom in the expression.
Whether it’s showing fragility in humanity, breaking up or breaking down, her work is about aesthetic realisations of internalised nuances. Or simply a tongue in cheek poke at society’s ‘sensibilities’ and obsessions with du jour.
Susanna has held regular solo exhibitions since 1998 and participated in numerous group exhibitions within Australia and overseas.
This exhibition forms part of the Midsumma Festival visual arts program.
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