4:6 is a body of work exploring two themes: conceptually, anxiety and how it affects women. Aesthetically, bridging the gap between digital and physical art, along with rejecting the photographic tradition of the confined shapes of rectangles and squares.
Women are viewed as more emotional and irrational than men—this is a given statement. But in the culture women pass down between ourselves, stoicism is pushed and taught as a symbol of maturity. I learned to be stoic; hiding my anger, tears, and anxieties, from my mother. She learned that from her mother. I can only hope that if I have a daughter, I won’t teach it to her as well.
I believe there is a block in photo based media, where everything must exist by the traditional confines of either a rectangle or square. In an age where digital technology can lead to endless creative expression, why should an image be four-sided? Likewise, in an age of post third-wave feminism, why should women still be expected to hide our feelings, put on a brave face, and let our mental illness eat us away?