Sarra Badel’s main area of research is the construction of the female self in contemporary culture. She looks into familiar objects raising these questions: how is the female body represented and idealized in western contemporary societies? What are the interactions between feminine identity and the domestic environment?
The appropriation of materials and objects of everyday life is essential to the composition of her installations. When she uses such materials, she is not faithful to their original purpose. Her research for materials led her to the use of artificial attributes designed to enhance femininity such as fake eyelashes, make-up, hair extensions, etc. The use of these “props” is understood like a promise of a better, more beautiful self. The materials she chooses are often industrial and/or commercial in nature: plastics, metal, acrylic, silicone and so on. Sarra is particularly interested in exploring the tension that arises when using cold, synthetic materials to discuss the human body and the intimate development of the self. Her process of making involves simple everyday gestures like pouring a liquid, hanging a towel/garment or placing an object on a shelf. This replication of familiar, intimate moments is intentionally apparent in her finished work.
Latex balloons, acrylic paint on canvas
Liquid silicone, inflatables, plastic toys mounted on Dibond panels
Anatomized Part 1 , 2017
Wallpaper, towel rails, Perspex shelves, liquid silicone, pigment, articulated plastic hands
Anatomized Part 3, 2018
Wallpaper, Ikea parts, liquid silicone, pigment
High density foam, liquid silicone, pigment
In Limbo, 2016
Liquid silicone casts, mirrored discs, sand, pigment
Anatomized Part 2 , 2017
Wallpaper, mirrored shelves, liquid silicone, pigment