B I O G R A P H Y
Carlamaria Jackson is a digital artist, in 2004 she followed her ambition of becoming a professional artist. In 2008, she enrolled as a mature student at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, where she immersed herself in art history, feminism and digital art, graduating in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.
A R T I S T' S S T A T E M E N T
I am inspired by the female nude in western art history and the dichotomy of views within a feminist discourse i.e. the freedom to express femininity versus the sexual objectification of women. I create digital artworks using my own photographs, found images and digital painting techniques. I concentrate on the idea that objectification of women is primarily in the eye and imagination of the (mainly male) protagonist and merely exasperated by media imagery.
Using the medium that exposes the sexualised images of women, I explore the idea that men see beneath a woman's clothes to the nakedness beneath, focusing on particular body parts that they find attractive. This is inherently natural and unavoidable behavior that effectively renders the women as sex object. My work therefore concentrates on this mode of focus in a series of works that explores the Gaze from different perspectives, imitating the human eye where the periphery vision is blurred symbolizing the anonymity effect of the male gaze.
I am trying to understand the negative connotations of the past with the female form and to discover the line where 'she' is accepted and rejected in art, whilst at the same time recognise and understand how men see 'her'. My journey hopes to determine if the female form is still relevant in art today when it is already so prevalent in western cultural media. The work is attempting to address the essence of womankind and the intrinsic behaviour of mankind.