Shari Hatt Breast Wishes
Breast Wishes is a photography-based audio visual installation critiquing a Noth American obsession – women’s breasts. I have researched the work from both a sociological and personal perspective. The impetus for the project is my own experience growing up as a female in this culture and having large breasts at an early age. Breast Wishes examines these experiences and general stereotyping – in particular our cultural assumptions about women’s breasts and my own insidious sense of guilt for having large breasts. It highlights these notions of assumption and responsibility, and it also highlights my demarcation (I’ve had breast reduction surgery) – both physical and emotional. The most exciting aspect of Breast Wishes for me is that I called on women of all ages and backgrounds to talk about their breasts and share their experiences. – S.H.
Shari Hatt is a photo-based artist from Nova Scotia. She is a recipient of the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography (2001) from the Canada Council for the Arts and was invited to participate in the first British International Residency Program by the Canada Council in London, England (2003). Hatt’s work is included in collections such as: The Art Bank of the Canada Council, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Banff Centre for the Arts and The Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography.