Yolanda Dussek, Castrating Mouths, Acrylic on Canvas Paper, 59.4cm x 42cm, 42cm x 59.4cm, 42cm x 59.4 cm.

My painting practice is grounded in research, specifically exploring the concept of the monstrous feminine and its inherent divinity. This exploration centres on the paradoxical duality of the toothed vagina (Vagina Dentata) - a symbol that embodies both fear and desire. To achieve this, I employ a deliberate language of colour, form, and surface materials. Alizarin Crimson, a colour rich in symbolism, features prominently in my work. Its versatility allows me to evoke multiple meanings, including passion, desire, fear, rage, and darkness, all of which contribute to the multifaceted nature of the monstrous feminine.

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