Marissa Soroudi is a contemporary artist who lives and works in New York.
Her work reflects the convergence of her interests in female subjectivity, primal energy and the human connection to nature, our deeper selves, and each other.
Soroudi’s process in creating a series of works consisted of an immersive engagement and interaction with different societies, a conscious exercise designed to deconstruct her own personal history.
She attempts through this to lessen the gaps between both her ego and the collective consciousness, as well as the complexity of the human mind and the simplicity of biological truths.
The resultant work is a collection of experiences and experiments that take the shape of photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos that aim to capture the essence of her encounters and communicate to the viewer as a better understanding of the ‘other’, and through this a better understanding of humanity and of self.
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.