Charlotte Hicks is concerned with the idea of voyeurism and the male gaze, and how frequently sexualised images of women in contemporary media are seen. Within her practice, Hicks creates forms that are originally from newspaper, magazine and Instagram images, which seem to uphold this idea of the woman as a passive object; existing for the purpose of being looked at.
“Woman…stands in patriarchal culture as signifier for the male other, bound by a symbolic order in which man can live out his phantasies and obsessions through linguistic command by imposing them on the silent image of woman still tied to her place as a bearer of meaning, not maker of meaning”. Laura Mulvey, 1975.
The series “Legs” is a range of screen prints, with collage, which explore the ubiquity of sexualised imagery, containing women’s bodies, in contemporary media.
These images were taken from Hollywood film posters, inspired by website headlesswomenofhollywood.com, on which feminist Marcia Belsky demonstrates the ubiquity of objectifying images within this specific form of contemporary media, by posting a continuous stream of Hollywood posters that feature ‘headless’ women.
Hicks graduated with a BA(Hons) Painting from ECA 2019.