The Michael Hoppen Gallery presents Samantha Roddick's first artistic project, Hidden Within. Best known as the original founder of the erotic boutique, Coco de Mer, Roddick has long been exploring our cultural relationship to sex. In this project, which has occupied her for the last couple of years, she turns her attention to the subject of the sexual objectification of women.
Roddick takes as her creative muse the twentieth century Italian architect and designer Carlo Mollino and in particular examines his erotic polaroids through which she seeks to explore the notion of the male gaze and those feelings of shame and anxiety that persist in relation to sex in our society.
The compositions are directed by Roddick herself, so that the sitter has no self-determination nor control, and thus the women are turned into a singular object - so much so that in some instances, a couple of very loving husbands could not pick out their wives from the line-up. In total there are 144 unique images, a number chosen for historic and symbolic reasons.
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