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Block-like figure invoking birth, 2018



I make layered, black-and-white photographs in which I photograph my body mimicking poses and gestures found in Greco-Roman ethnographic, art historical, and commercial images. In this work, I reevaluate how women’s bodies have been historically presented and consumed. I cut up, reconstruct and re-photograph these collaged compositions to strategically emphasize or disguise the evidence of my interventions, rendering the images as both whole and fragmented. The photographs complicate the legacy of the Western art historical canon, and they propose a messier standard of beauty: one that is mixed, eroded, and patched together. Inspiration for this photograph include a 7th century Egyptian Block statue, Gustave Corbet’s “L’ Orgine du Monde”, Joan Miro’s “The Birth of the World”, and the 17th century alchemical symbol that represents the interplay of the four elements of matter, “The Squared Circle”. Edition of 3 + 2 APs. This work is unframed, but can be framed for an additional cost upon request.

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Archival pigment print


20.00 x 16.00 x 0.50 in | 50.80 x 40.64 x 1.27 cm

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Kim Hoeckele's studio
16 Cypress Avenue , Brooklyn, NY 11237


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Kim Hoeckele's studio
16 Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237

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