Trish Smith, ‘Institutional Church’, 2016, Infuse Gallery

SOCIAL CONSTRUCT

so·cial con·struct

noun: A social phenomenon cultivated by society.

Entanglements, collisions, juxtapositions, ripping and tearing are the underpinnings of this body of work that explores the social construct of rape. Through a series of collages this work inspects the phenomenon and social mechanisms of sexual predation developed and established by society through sophisticated social and cultural practices.

Sexual exploitation is embedded and normalized in contemporary culture and is being disseminated at an ever increasing pace with the advent of the digital age. This work examines how this establishment crosses all socio-economic boundaries to establish a complex network of structures woven into the global landscape.

"The Silence Is Over" exhibition, Infuse Gallery, Denver 2017

About Trish Smith