In this series, I examine the artificiality of femininity and the illusory nature of idealization.

At first glance, these images appear to fall neatly into a patriarchal sexual language that famed academic Laura Mulvey describes: a construction of sexuality that reduces the female subject to a 2-dimensional representation. But in each photograph a man embraces a cut-out of a female form and seems satisfied with a woman that has no substance and cannot reciprocate his embrace.

This is the paradox of idealized representations: desire for an object that is unattainable because it doesn’t exist in reality.

—Dawn Woolley