The Docile Bodies images reflect on the cyclical nature of torture and violence, on the sexual aspect inherent in much violence, and finally on the dialectical nature of the relationship which binds an authority figure and its subject. The work explores the implications of internalizing the rules of a seemingly omniscient authority. In this sense, it’s a visual meditation on Foucault’s idea of “the docile body.”
Throughout the series, representational modes of modeling and rendering are used to create abstract forms. The space of these paintings, sometimes flat, sometimes spatially illusionistic, echoes this ambiguity.