Strutsi (ongoing project)
Strutsi is photography based work which I been installing with mixed tegniques like performance and sculptures. Series has two chapters ”treating my womanhood” and ”meat around me. Both parts have been installed once separately.
Work is based on my personal experience of having a situation where you feel like being unfitting as a human. I was bullied in middle school of me being too tall to be a woman. I end up reflecting those feelings through my self-image. I didn't think that I was super tall. I used to think that I was huge. I end up having body distortion. After this experience, I have been interested of ”defining outlines” by using self-portraits. I'm also intressed explore womanhood, identity, gender.
Based on those theames I started to focus more on the concept of the body. Still, by using self-image, I have been researcing concept of body being of shield. I been also having more digital aproach for my visual language. For being able to comment also that ideal identity that we create nowadays in virtual platforms.
I wanted to also have some physical object which would be able to show physical outlines of myself. We made a performance with my colleagues of them making a plaster mould of shape for my back (form.2019). Then I added on more layer for that physical shape by making the mould by using silicone. I wanted to the final physical item being combination on the real outline and something unrealistic ( pink colour).
Sonja Ovaskainen, 2019