My project explores social issues through the lens of horror, focusing on the pervasive issue of " the male gaze" and its effects on women. The male gaze objectifies and sexualises women from a heterosexual male perspective, reinforcing the idea that women exist for men's viewing and conquest.
The Siren symbolises the impact of the male gaze on female characters in popular media. Originally depicted as a bird-like creature using her voice to lure sailors to their deaths, the Siren has transformed into a mermaid-like figure whose beauty is central to her character.
This shift in representation exemplifies how the male gaze has influenced the portrayal of the Siren. I aim to use the 'Siren' and its history as an example of how powerful characters can be reduced to objects of lust, mobilising her as a symbol to amplify women's voices and experiences.
To achieve this, I have collected women's stories and experiences, attaching them to the Siren's wings as feathers. Each feather represents a unique experience, creating a powerful representation of the collective female experience. This project aims to give voice to those who have been silenced and use the Siren as a symbol of strength and empowerment.