A project rooted in my fascination with ‘embodied stories’ – the tales that mark and shape our bodies. I worked with a group of 9 women over the course of 6 months: some with internal and external scars, some with harrowing stories, some finding acceptance and appreciation of themselves and their bodies. Combining photography, narrative and sculpture, the project encouraged the women to tell their personal stories and to consider their bodies both subjectively and objectively in light of this narrative.
The work was exhibited in June 2006 as 3 enlarged black and white prints, a book containing the stories and photographs, and a sculpture (my first whole body mould and cast) playing with themes of metamorphosis within bodies.
“I expected to feel very self conscious about being photographed – especially within such an emotionally intimate context. In reality the reverse was true. I felt Pippa had an ease of manner about her which enabled me to make the decisions about where and what to reveal. I think to write about my body’s story was empowering.”
“I very much like your work and the feeling behind it, it’s a real inspiration”