These pieces are from a series called 'Immorality'. It explores the paradox of the wedding dress as a symbol of both feminism and oppression. I use disembodied wedding dresses in picturesque backgrounds to challenge the conventional notions of marriage, beauty, and identity. The dresses are empty, yet they evoke a presence of the unseen brides. They are beautiful, yet they are also haunting and disturbing. They are objects of desire, yet they also represent the erasure of the individuality and agency of the women who wear them. Through this series, I question how often people will remember the bride’s dress and not her as a person on the day. I invite the viewers to reflect on their own assumptions and expectations about marriage and femininity, and to consider the hidden costs and consequences of this social institution.
-- Anna Maeve is a 30 something jill of all trades hailing from beautiful New Zealand. She has upcoming art being published in Litbop and with Zoetic Press as well as upcoming writing with Wingless Dreaming Publishers.