Still from 'Cycle'
Francesca Steele 2012. Model: Lisa Cross. Videography, Tim Dollimore
Artist Francesca Steele investigates the
culture of bodybuilding in her practice, working with bodybuilders
and also training for competition herself. She describes using
bodybuilding as a way to investigate ideas of beauty and identity,
defying the established culture of what constitutes ‘female’ beauty
and moving towards a traditionally more masculine aesthetic. In the
world of bodybuilding there is a constant striving for improvement,
a culture of self-augmentation that will never be complete.
Bodybuilding exists outside mainstream sport
and although steroid use remains controversial, it continues among
many within the discipline. Separate ‘natural’ bodybuilding
competitions are now widespread.