ARTIST: AMBER JANE MIHELFFY

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From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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My work, although it is photography, to me it is visual art.  My work is about portraying a message of female empowerment > feminist art: thought provoking content and sulphurous beauty.

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Photo 25-02-2020, 22 54 30
From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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WeAreTheArt is my Instagram handle and this reflects my feelings towards art and photography, in that everything is art.  Humans are not necessarily attractive but we are all beautiful.  We should be free to express ourselves how we choose without fear, judgement or hatred.

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From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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The balaclava concept came about because of connotations or the judgements we all make about what people wear and the consequences of this:  How our perceptions of a person change based on what they wear.

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Photo 25-02-2020, 22 56 54
From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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I wanted to use balaclavas to style the models in a way that some might make feel offended.  I want to evoke real emotions, even if from place of hatred or even disgust, or at the opposite end of the spectrum feelings such as desire, lust or love… so many emotive consequences… I live for it.

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Photo 25-02-2020, 22 58 11
From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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Photo 25-02-2020, 22 58 56
From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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Balaclavas are synonymous with thugs, armed robbers, SAS, IRA and or all the other negative connotations typically associated with them.  Here I use the balaclava to try and convey a positive, artistic side to the female form: wearing balaclavas, truly strong and independent women.

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Photo 25-02-2020, 22 59 30
From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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I want a world with more acceptance for humans who aren’t what they have been conditioned to be from birth.  Beings who have blossomed into something new.  Something more “them”.

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Photo 25-02-2020, 22 59 54
From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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Some people are taught to be judgemental or hateful of anything they don’t know or feel comfortable with.  Fear of the unknown perhaps or even uncomfortable with themselves because they themselves can be trapped due to their own feelings or desires which they have been conditioned to believe are shameful or abnormal, such as simply loving or gravitating towards members of the same sex (or other).   We all have kinks that are just there to be exploited and experienced.  We should be free to make and be whatever we want to be… or not to be.  We are all art, we are beautiful.

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Photo 25-02-2020, 23 00 42
From the WeAreTheArt series by Amber Jane Mihelffy

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Models/independent women:

Instagram: @magdapiercing and @crystalbaby_

Twitter: @magdalxna666 & @crystalbaby_

Photogrpahy (Amber Jane)

Instagram: @wearetheart__

Twitter @69cococo

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To explore more queer contemporary art please visit www.balaclavadotq.net.

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