Through her portraits, Frolova alludes to art history’s penchant for eroticizing the female form while manipulating her subjects’ bodies to fit contemporary standards of decorum. The resulting images teeter between enchanting and disturbing, illuminating how the ongoing conversation about women’s bodies, more complex and insidious than it first appears, can’t be encapsulated with a single hashtag.
Frolova’s “Busts” offer a hallucinatory image of acceptable femininity ― something which, in real life, simply does not exist. “More than communicating a specific thought directly, I hope to leave an image in a viewer’s mind, like an emblem, that can recall the contradictory relationship between the highly censored yet sexualized female bodies in the media,” the artist said.
As for what Frolova’s audience does with the visual input conveyed in the uncanny artworks, that’s up to them. “The conversation they choose to have based on that dynamic is their own.”
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