Breast Dialectic, 2017

Mixed media. Inkjet print, silicon breasts, scrolling LED text, raised letters, maple balls on cords, walnut frame. 42” W x 26” H x 5 3/4” D

Mixed media. Inkjet print, silicon breasts, scrolling LED text, raised letters, maple balls on cords, walnut frame. 42” W x 26” H x 5 3/4” D

 
 

Breast Dialectic, 2017

The duality of function and perspective of female breasts is explored in this work. Women are the only female mammals whose breasts become enlarged at puberty and whose breasts are sexually attractive to the male species. As a result, women's breasts serve two purposes, sexual and maternal. Sometime they are hidden and sometimes they are revealed to entice. Most men are biologically compelled to desire them yet for women, except for their nursing function once or twice in a lifetime, they are mostly in the way.  Objectified, revered, magnified and reduced, breasts provoke a conversation that continues to endure.   The artwork also invites viewers to pull down on the cords to raise and lower the breasts. 

 

Sample LED text: 

Breasts bear paradoxical burdens.

Has evolution made men's attraction to breasts in a sexual context in order to reward the female's bonding circuitry?

Artists have long portrayed the mythological breast, the maternal breast, the fertile breast, the tortured breast, the erotic breast, and the sensual breast.

How would men feel if their penises were constantly being ogled and judged like women's breasts are?

The silicon breasts used in this art work were invented for post-operative mastectomy women. Are you attracted to them?

From the standpoint of evolutionary biology, big breasts represent a healthy mate who can feed a lot of offspring. That's why men are programmed to like big tits. When you show off your curves, what you're really doing is advertising to the whole world: "Look at me! I'm a healthy female! I'd be a perfect mate! Come mount me!