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Rae's work calls attention to the complexities of sensual identity. She pushes physical and emotional endurance in her performances, creating spaces of extreme vulnerability. The use of fluid - honey, water, sweat, mud, etc. - is a reoccurring theme in her work; recognizing the connection between bodily fluids and any sensory emotional experience. Metamorphosis is achieved through aesthetic play and technological exploration. 

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Naomi Wolf writes in The Beauty Myth, “so rare is it to see sexual explicitness in the context of love and intimacy on screen that it seems our culture treats tender sexuality as if it were deviant or depraved.”(1) Western culture is a capitalist petri dish, ripe with stigma around sensuality and sexuality - dripping in Judeo-Christian religious doctrine.

Pleasure can be a healer, a painful drug, a masochistic addiction, a bonding agent... desire drives us and molds our behavior, publicly and privately. Intimacy and pleasure as a unit aren't often - if ever- represented to us in popular media. People have forgotten how to be vulnerable with one another, and as a result we dehumanize each other. This dehumanization is only furthered by Capitalism's grasp on sexuality as a means to sell: we have become products. My work reintroduces this dilemma to the viewer in a vulnerable and potent confrontation, pulling the sweaty, weeping, dripping body back into installations of cold plasticity.

(1) Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used against Women. (Vintage Books, 2015) page 140.