Marissa Soroudi is a contemporary conceptual artist who lives and works in the city of her birth (New York, 1982).
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 began studying and recording men that spoke with me inside strip clubs and eventually photographing them after they had spent an evening with a dancer they desired. I photographed them to look exactly as their fantasy, in her makeup and her costume. 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 culturural expectations of women.