It’s not surprising that even the most clothed models that appear in Fersini’s compositions have sensual, suggestive expressions and poses. In Wonderland Summer 2015 page 115 (2015), for example, the red-headed model wears an unrevealing sweater but looks out at viewers with a languid gaze and parted lips. The fact that these pages are crumpled, seemingly pulled from the trash, adds a layer of anger and violence to the representations. Similarly, Fersini’s painstaking recreation of each rip, wrinkle, and reflection of light suggests the kind of obsessive desire and envy these types of images generate. In the end, the pretty faces and perfect bodies appear fractured and sometimes distorted—manipulations that point to the ways young women are grossly transformed into fodder for consumption and money making.
“Stefania Fersini” is on view at 101/EXHIBIT, Los Angeles, Sept. 12 – Oct. 17, 2015.