Mannequins are sculptures with a practical purpose, meant for the display of clothing. They are simplified snapshots of the human form, averaged, idealized, and distorted.
The reductionist nature of these life-sized dolls forces the distillation of gender down to a set of physical cues intended as clear indicators of either female or male. Sharp jawlines and cheekbones contrast with round faces and gentle curves. Muscular arms and broad shoulders contrast with impossibly slender limbs. Male mannequins are stern, broad figures, rarely straying from a firm standing stance while female mannequins pose in bizarre contortions, fingers, wrists, and arms set in effeminate positions.
What do these likenesses we create say about us and our notions of gender, masculinity, and femininity?