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studies of jahyne

Studies of Jahyne opens a dialogue about the meaning of femininity by focusing on women or those who have been associated with womanhood based on their body. The work consists of a series of portraits in which an individual interacts with handmade, naturally and artificially dyed scarves. The scarf serves as a physical symbol of femininity; each individual is given the power to place the scarf in a manner that represented their relationship to femininity. The portraits were taken in "safe places," a space chosen by the individual where they felt the most comfortable. These individuals were also given the option to write about their first experience with femininity, a transformative moment in which femininity was felt or understood, or their own definition of femininity. The written work, if the individual chose to complete one, is included with their corresponding portrait, allowing them to be defined by their own words, thoughts, and feelings.

 
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