Untitled (Bondage Set I)

            Through a series of self-portraits taken in-studio, inspired by vintage fetish pornography, Pop Art, and commercial photography, Babiak strives to examine the commodification and consumption of the female body. Full of iconic symbolism such as food, mirrors, bondage, and specific textiles, this series uses an awkward humor to both poke fun at and bring needed attention to the ways in which women metaphorically and literally contort themselves to fit the expectation of attractiveness and constant sexually appealing self-presentation. As a young woman, living so frequently feels performative and this experience shines through in these hyper-saturated, nearly saccharine self-portraits. With these photos I create advertisements for a cookie-cutter desirability to the male-gaze that, when donned like a costume, leads to a sort of uncanny valley of sexuality where one sees that she is acting some version of attractive rather than feeling it.