In researching the shaming and controlling of the female experience, with particular focus on the Catholic Church’s ideals of purity, the Odious Forms were built for the reclamation and repossession of it and to counter oppressive manifestations that dismiss and humiliate the female condition. Female purity is problematic when it is desired by powerful systems such as Catholicism and patriarchy, thus resulting in the raw reality of female abjection being denied.
One of the Odious Forms costumes has been photographically documented with 35mm film which was initially immersed in female excrement. The photographs are distorted due to this abject developing method.
Modelling courtesy of Gertrude Dixon.