My current series takes the often pernicious way in which the female body is portrayed and transforms it into something beautiful and empowering. I do this by juxtaposing excerpts from the poetic writings of Jane Sharp—a 17th century midwife—with sourced images of highly sexualized women from pornographic magazines, as well as with images of my own body. The contrast between these commoditized, sexual images and those of my own body highlight the seemingly ineliminable gap between everyday women and the ideals to which they are held. Pornographic images, often objectifying in their approach to the female body, promote and perpetuate certain fantasies regarding women. I open a dialogue about the way such distorted sexual ideals ultimately affect women by appropriating and re-contextualizing this often hostile caricature of femininity. In contrast to the passive, objectified women found in pornographic images, the figures in my series take control of their own sexuality.