“Hot Dreams” is a photographic project exploring my sexuality through female masking and the search for the ultimate adult fantasy land throughout more than 30 cities in the United States. It is a celebration of my liberation as a woman in kink and BDSM. It explores empowerment through becoming an object of desire. I represent my kink through the use of role play, female masking, costuming and love hotels. This work allows me to challenge my femininity as I switch between submissive and dominant. I use my character Blanche Dumont to represent the freedom of my sexual choices and to dictate how my kink will be represented. She is a character created from the female masking community (which is mainly men) as a source of taking back my power through my female figure. This fetish allows men to find their empowerment through a silicone or latex female body and to create a woman in parts (ranging from face, legs, breasts and vaginas). I direct my character through this fetish by masking my own face and exploiting my own body. Blanche Dumont becomes the source of my empowerment, she introduces the sex into my work and lets me self-objectify. By using a female gaze onto my own body, I challenge the way my work is viewed. I collapse the private and make it public, and through the use of photography. I inject the viewer into my fantasy through my own gaze to represent a vision of sexuality that is a joyous celebration instead of hiding it. I am the author of my own fantasy, representing my individuality as a sexual self and reclaim my power through the use of a lens. represent myself as a switch, as a woman, as a pervert, as divine, as kitsch and as me.
Author: Rachael McArthur is a lens based artist currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work involves performance, video, sculpture and her alter ego Blanche Dumont. This alter ego stems from the female masking community, where men use a silicon female body to feel empowerment and sexuality. Blanche navigates her way through this community by being a woman involved with a masculine fetish. McArthur uses her work to explore cultural ideals of feminine beauty, kink, BDSM, and sexuality. She has graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University with a BFA in Photography and a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with a MFA.