Sometimes you have to strip away the surface layers to really get to the meat (and meaning) of the matter. Will what lies beneath be tough? Raw? Juicy? Hard to swallow? Delectable? Bloody? Hot?
Meat Market is an empowering series of wearable art objects developed by Stephanie Sherwood and Katie Shanks taking the derogatory notion of a woman as meat to consume, and transforming it into something beautiful, powerful and enigmatic. Meat Market: On the Cutting Board uses burlesque—a performance medium imminently suited to continued to exploration of ideas of commodification and objectification of the female body while more overtly exploring the implied sexualization therein. Playing on a narrow line of revulsion and arousal, heavy subject matter is packaged with equal parts humor and horror—making it palatable for general consumption.
Meat Market is created and conceptualized by Stephanie Sherwood & Katie Shanks in collaboration with Kayla Tange and Ashley Elizabeth Allen. First performed at Highways Performance Space on January 11th & 12th 2019.
Photography by J. Martinez-Rizo