Meet the MFAs: Auliya Flory
As Blaffer prepares to open the University of Houston School of Art 38th Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition on April 8 (reception 7-9 p.m.; member/VIP preview 6 p.m.), we’re highlighting artworks by each of the dozen graduating and exhibiting artists along with his or her catalog statement. Next up is Auliya Flory:
This body of work emphasizes the way sexual harassment and objectification affect women emotionally. My use of deconstruction throughout speaks to the emotional trauma, uneasiness, and disarray brought upon victims of these sexual harassment issues. Each piece within this series displays some type of physical or digital alteration, which represents the way unwanted sexual attention affects the human psyche little by little.
By using real unaltered text messages I and other women have received, I am bringing the viewer into a personal space. My goal is to bring to light how many women are objectified easily and often through technological platforms.
I am creating work in which those who have endured similar experiences can connect and those who have not, understand. I would like to change the way that this catcall culture is accepted by visually representing the emotional decay each of these add up to become.