Having recently graduated from Manchester School of Art with a BA degree in photography, Natalie Wardle is breaking into the contemporary British art scene with both style and humour. Focusing on issues including sexual harassment, gender inequality and body image, her work exposes the continuing double standards that exist between men and women in contemporary society.
Inspired by contemporary fashion trends and juxtaposing artificial body modification products with natural environments, ‘Pass me the Silicone’ deals with the ever-increasing issue of body dysmorphia, highlighting the lengths that women will go to in order to achieve the perfect body image.
Pass me the Silicone
About the project: ‘Pass me the Silicone’ is a comical observation of editorial beauty shots where the clothes have been stripped away and you can see the controlled body underneath what fits society’s ideal body type. People spend money on control pants, breast enlarging nipple stickers, cosmetic surgery such as but implants etc. in order to look good. However when you strip away the clothing these artificial modifications look rather comical and unattractive.
About the Artist
Natalie Wardle is a visual artist/photographer from Manchester. Her work looks at how women constrict their bodies with shapeware and body tape to repress their figure and fit in with society’s ideal body types. Since graduating with a BA in Photography from Manchester School of Art Natalie has exhibited around England and internationally. Her project, Control Pant Symphony, was recently shown in the Modern History exhibition at The Atkinson, Southport, and she was recently selected to attend Canadian artist residency, Naked State.