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Monster Girls

Monster Girls
Artist Talk: Maya Ben David
May 27 | 2023
4-5 PM

Monster Girls are a genre and trope that depicts a fictional woman who has monstrous or inhuman physical or psychic attributes. She may be born with these features, have them thrust upon her, or be able to shapeshift into monstrous forms. This talk addresses monsters that are coded as feminine, particularly when the grotesque and monstrous meet aesthetics of sensuality and cuteness.

Maya Ben David (MBD) is a Toronto-based artist. Working in video, installation, and performance, she creates worlds and characters that aid her ongoing exploration of anthropomorphism, cosplay, and performative personas. Maya is currently trying to become famous on Youtube by combining the “normie” appeal of video essays with surrealist performance art.