We may be the inheritors of third wave feminism, but in the 21st-century a woman’s body remains contested space. Women body image is still a matter of possible discussion.
Women stand bombarded by concepts of the perfect figure, and for whose benefit? In Romy Yedidia’s ‘Preserve x 186’, she takes this concept of perception and ownership and casts it as part of a performative sculpture series using her own body.
“Everyday I stumble upon close-up images of ‘perfect’ female body parts; perky, smooth, sculpted objects,” Yedidia explains. “Each of these fragments looks like it was cast into a silky smooth mold.” Drawing from this concept of the casting perfection, Yedidia has created a body of work that consists of floating body parts. No cast is of the body as a whole. Nor are the pieces are not joined together to create a full figure. Instead, in this performative series, you witness the jarring dislocation the artist feels between herself and her body.“‘Preserve x 186’ is my response to… perpetual brainwash”, Yedidia explains.
Both process and performance of the casting was an attempt to materialize the pain caused by the constant objectification of women, and the “expectation of them to remain silent.”
Romy Yedidia born in 1990 is a visual artist born in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2014 she attended Interior Architecture at Holon Institute of Technology in Israel and in 2017 she received BA in Architectural Design at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Her artistic practice engages with mediums such as installation art, sculpturing and performance.
Yedidia’s work investigates the female body and its representation throughout media; outlining the problems of indoctrination within propaganda, as well as posing questions related to gender performativity in the western society.
Her works bare strong architectural elements, utilizing materials such as concrete, metal and plaster to expose monumentality and permanence concerning the topics. The essential aspect of Yedidia’s practice is her usage of her body as a transformational tool, conveying certain critical narratives regarding body-politics through performative forms; almost always consisting from interactive dimensions, durational acts and persistent focus on materiality and objects.
Romy Yedidia lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.