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ALTERITY: The State of Being a Woman

Friday, April 5, 2024 at 8:00am to 4:30pm

Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, 1250 Gallery

The fashion art exhibition Alterity: The State of Being a Woman is my creative response to the question Simone de Beauvoir asked about a century ago: “What is a woman?” 

The body of work here is my contribution toward reimagining what it means to be a woman based on the multitude of concepts “woman” embodies and metaphors she symbolizes throughout history. This exhibition consists of twelve artworks that visually represent the kaleidoscope of perspectives of a woman, her body, and feminine sexuality— some ambivalent (e.g., life/birth vs. death, salvation vs. damnation, earth vs. sea, desire vs. control) and some paradoxical (i.e., a woman is a regenerator but not a creator), physical and psychological entrapments, and empowerment. These designs build on an underlying principle that has guided my creative work throughout my career, creating harmony by juxtaposing different concepts and elements of different times or different places, and by exploring innovative shapes, textures, and silhouettes

I envision that my work presents the audience with a visual story of how women were defined as the Other and how they have overcome through endurance and struggle, leaving viewers to ask themselves if they have been part of the Othering or part of the empowerment.

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Cornell Human Ecology, Human Centered Design

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Karen Steffy


Jooyoung Shin

Speaker Affiliation

Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, Indiana University

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