Marissa Soroudi is a contemporary artist who lives and works in New York.
Her work reflects the convergence of her interests in female subjectivity and the human connection to nature, our deeper selves, and each other.
Soroudi’s process in creating a series of works consists of an immersive engagement and interaction with people across the world, a conscious exercise designed to deconstruct her own personal history.
She attempts to lessen the gap between her ego and the collective consciousness. Soroudi believes that testing her own boundaries and having a close connection with herself are both integral to her process.
The resultant work is a collection of experiences and experiments that take the shape of photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos that aim to express her understanding of the ‘other’, and through this a better understanding of humanity and of herself.
I photographed men that I danced for in a strip club. Fascinated by the influence men had over the way I looked, I wanted to photograph these customers to look exactly like their female fantasy, in her costume and her makeup. At the end of an evening, a customer and his dancer would switch clothing and pose for me. This body of work looked at the dissolving female spirit in the place of male projection. I think it speaks on many levels in terms of sexuality and also asks questions about our cultural expectations of women.