In my project epoch, stage, shell, I make black-and-white photographs in which I use my body as author and subject to perform sculptural poses for the camera. I am mimicking poses and gestures found in Greco-Roman ethnographic, art historical, and commercial images. In this work, I reconsider how women’s bodies have been historically presented and consumed. I cut up, layer, reconstruct and re-photograph these collaged compositions to strategically emphasize or disguise the evidence of my interventions, rendering the images as both whole and fragmented. The photographs complicate the legacy of the Western art historical canon, and they propose a messier standard of beauty: one that is mixed, eroded, and patched together.
In one photograph titled “Back in S-Curve with marble fragments (attributed to Praxiteles or Klein)”, a woman’s back is depicted from the torso up, body in S-curve, disjointed, and pieced back together. My visual inspiration for this photograph came from this Greco-Roman sculptural convention, as well as from 1990s Calvin Klein ads. This photograph, and others in this work, evokes how ancient material is seen—as partial and shattered— and alludes to the psychological violence caused by the idealization of women’s bodies both past and present.
Kim Hoeckele is a New York-based artist born in Atlanta, Georgia. She has exhibited work at the Queens Museum (NY); NADA Miami (FL) New Hampshire Institute of Art (US); Pingyao Festival of Photography (CN); Underdonk, (NY); Nurture Art (NY); Spectral Lines (NY); Brooklyn Art Council (NY); Smack Mellon (NY); Museum of Contemporary Art (GA); and Atlanta Contemporary (GA) among other venues. Her work is held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, GA. Residencies and fellowships include Bronx Museum AIM (2019), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2018), Lighthouse Works (2018), and The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (2017). She currently teaches at NYU and Parson School of Design in New York City. Hoeckele holds an MFA from Hunter College.