Annie Varney

As an artist, my practice is based on the concepts of gender and body dysmorphia. I create large scale sculptures often resembling pieces of furniture, and I aim to portray the female form within them, to show how femininity is often objectified. In society, what it means to be a woman is a widely debated topic, especially when looking at beauty standards and gender roles or stereotypes. My work aims to show the effects these social standards have on women by literally moulding the clay in the same way women often feel they must mould themselves to be desired. I manipulate materials to create a grotesque aesthetic within my work to demonstrate how uncomfortable it can feel to be in your own skin. I aim to show the experiences of women in all their forms as despite social perceptions, femininity does not come from the anatomy of a person but rather how they feel in their heart. The female form is so often over sexualised that women are not always perceived as their own living person, and my sculptures are a way of deconstructing these ideas and creating an ironic depiction of how the world views women. I try to be inclusive in my sculptures, showing that to be a woman is not what you wear or how your body looks, but rather the experiences you have and the challenges you overcome.