AGE GROUP: 16 + (ADULT THEMES)
Ciara O’Neill is Dublin based artist. In 2016 as part of her graduate exhibition, Ciara created the body of work known as Imperfect Bodies. The works are formed from thick layers of household paint, which are moulded, stitched, and glued into a desired shape, resulting in an artwork that is not quite a painting but not quite a sculpture.
Through her final year research, the artist found that women are often pressured to look a certain way, partially due to how the female body has been treated throughout art history: nude women are more commonly depicted by men and presented in an unrealistic manner, where body parts and genitals that are considered too graphic are not visible. What has been deemed “appropriate” in relation to depictions of the female nude has almost entirely been decided by male artists, denying women the ability to control how they’re represented within the fine art world. Through her work, the artist combines these anxieties to themes of reproductive rights and body politics, documenting concerns around the repealing of the eighth amendment. The marrying of these themes concludes that women have limited control of their body, both in terms of bodily representation and bodily autonomy.