One afternoon, my sweet and sensitive 8 year old daughter came home in tears. "It was really really hot, but I was scolded by the teacher for not putting on my skirt over my shorts after the sports lesson. She told me that I needed to protect my modesty, but I don't know what that means!", she cried. I called the teacher to ask what she meant by "protecting modesty". The teacher replied: "If the girls are sitting on the floor without the longer skirt covering their shorts, perhaps a male teacher can see their underwear".
Imagine a world where young female children are told that indecent adult behaviour is their own fault, as they did not protect their modesty enough?
In this urbanising world, the unbalance of manmade and natural is undermining the balance between masculine and feminine powers, paving the road for more aggressive sexual behaviour. The rising usage of the term of "protecting one's modesty" is indicating that this aggression towards women is the responsibility of women themselves.
In this work, I'm using a Mangosteen Flower (Garcinia mangostana) from North Sumatra, Indonesia to represent the blossoming of a girl. Mangosteen is one of the slowest tropical trees to fruit, yet yielding one of the mostly tasty fruits, giving it its nickname “the Queen of Fruits” once it does.
If we cover up our little princesses, will they ever become confident queens? Or just wither away under the burden of self protection?
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Size: 124 cm x 60 cm
Framed with Museum Standard, Conservation Grade borderless, face-mounting Diasec process panels