Artists in Residence
Mahaut Harley Leca fades her images as protest to pop female photography; to step away from an era where endless access to technology has made shock value tactics the default means to represent the female form.
She cannibalises published imagery in a collage composed to reclaim the body back from vulgarity. She achieves this by presenting subtle glimpses of form, as opposed to gratuitous female objectification.
Mahaut stripes the bodies of intention, fetish and expectation and presents them in a way that asks us to look and think again about what the body means to us.
By using faceless bodies, she invites the audience to project themselves into the work for a more introspective and intimate moment.
Mahaut sees her work as letters to the past, a past she never belonged to where sexualisation was identity given to the female form. It is through these letters, she asks us to our conditioning and appreciate femininity for its grace and elegance rather than sexuality alone.