JULIA ROSE SUTHERLAND



Flesh Economics


︎Neon text

︎2018


Medium: Neon and plush floor 

The value, commodification, representation, and identity politics surrounding the skin are driving forces within my practice. This neon is beckoning the attention of the audience by cheekily posing questions of how we view, touch, and feel flesh. An almost cannibalistic prompt about the way in which we consume the body within visual, political, and economic languages.


This neon was made directly to address and bringing awareness to the sex trade in Canda, which primarily targets the Indigenous population. Playing off notions of the red light district, what happens in back alleys and the XXX format or showcasing text. Promoting my audience to consider the way they consume minorities, for instance through there art, dress, rituals, spirituality or their physical body through the sex trade or ambivalence to this major social epidemic. 


Displayed at: The University at Buffalo Art Gallery. Buffalo, NY, USA.