Full is a series of 20 digitally altered photogravures. Through the use of contemporary technology (digital imaging) and historic printmaking process (photogravure), these prints investigate how we construct and define our identities within the consumer culture that we live. What do we consume—products, food, experience—and how do we know that we are or are not full? Combining photographs of opened men’s stomachs with metaphorical representations of the things that they have literally and figuratively consumed, these black and white images independently become allegorical portraits of each person presented. Collectively these works investigate the symbolism of the belly in the male persona. Whether an assertive demonstration of power and status, a modest statement of virility, or simply a part of the body, the belly is transformed into a container of emotions expressing both individuality and commonality.
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