Jodi Staniunas Hopper
Jodi is a graphic Design Professor at Mercyhurst College currently exploring gender roles in her art work. The images selected for this exhibit are part of a referencing cowboy culture. “Not My First Rodeo” is part of a series of 7 images often displayed as one installation. "Shooting at Castles in the Air" is independent.
“Women are so accustomed to wearing different costumes that often they are not even conscious of them. In my works, I take the traditional trappings of the wedding, the bridal gown, and the most feminine aspects of the gown to create tangible masks and costumes. These costumes relate to different roles of women and men throughout the ages — the luchadora, the gladiator, the cowboy, the ninja, the submissive. The attitudes of the models reinforce the ideal of feminine strength conquering stereotypes.
“I begin with the wedding dress and its trappings. As I disassemble and reassemble the lace, beads, and baubles, I envision the different roles of women. Once the mask or costume is completed I pair it with found and vintage items I have procured to create an image of woman that is at once familiar but now disconcerting by the presence of the mask or costume. I photograph the ensemble with in various poses on location. Retouching and collage is used to create the final on computer in order to render an intriguing image.”
Visit Jodi's website: https://jodishopper.see.me/