Jennifer Rubin Garey
Jennifer Rubin Garey’s work focuses on the female figure and how we choose to allow ourselves to be judged by external standards of body and appearance. These standards are self-imposed in response to societal expectations and our own innate need to conform. We are not the only ones policing our conformity we are judged by others, as well. Not just the people we see in passing, but our mothers, sisters, and friends. When we let these external pressures push us out of true we are shifted off our personal foundations. Our true form may or may not be consistent with the contemporary idealized image of a beautiful, successful woman. Clothing such as high heels and corsets reform the body into an unnatural shape, which may paradoxically be considered the ideal.
Corsets are used to reposition the figure into a “more desirable” look even if the look is unnatural. This particular corset is made of iron and bound with steel cable, which implies a forceful fit. We are pressed into a mold created by our own self-imposed stereotypes. It is set on an iron pillow resting on a steel and resin pedestal. The steel in the pedestal follows the boning of the corset and curves of the body, while the transparent resin hugs the curves.