Linocut prints with acrylic
8" x 10"
A key is a letterpress tool used to tighten or loosen the carved woodblock in place for printing. It is a tool meant to make adjustments. Women's bodies are constantly being seen to be adjusted to fit society's standards. We could be thicker or thinner, our waists could be smaller, our hair could be longer or shorter; there is an endless amount of possibilities on how we could look, or how we "should" look. This causes us to change our bodies and possibly harm them, it dictates how we care for them and what we put in them, how we dress and how we present ourselves. This pressure makes us feel like we're always being watched, like we're ashamed of the body we have, like we'll never be good enough. I placed the key tool on the girl's back, out of her reach, to represent the effect society has on her and to communicate how she has no say on how she can look, how it is all up to society.