Issues surrounding femininity and set standards of normalcy, propriety and the abject inform Misty Gamble's work. Through ceramic sculpture, she confronts and challenges conventional standards of womanhood, beauty, and power. Her work is meant to upset the status quo, so that one may re-examine their own notions of womanhood.
Gamble explores how women conform themselves to fit standards through themes of excess, materialism, and waste within a voracious consumer society. As a social satirist making feminist commentaries, she confronts the most material aspects of cultural traditions forcing the viewer to rethink concepts of body, adornment, social status, personal worth, and the roles of both sexes.
The sculpted figure, multiple figural fragments, installation and theatricality provide a perfect vehicle for communicating ideas about beauty, excess and the abject. The work is influenced by her continued interest in figuration, as well as fashion, textile pattern, contemporary fetish objects, and hair - combining formal elements of art and design to depict familiar objects of adornment such as wigs, panties, accessories and shoes contributes to the figures’ lifelike, yet grotesque feminine image. A residue or absence of the body produces an opportunity to explore new motifs, multiplicity and fragmentation of the body.
In her work, the abject, defined as that which is rejected by or disturbs social reason, and inherently disturbs conventional identity, is reexamined. Here, the abject describes the role of the feminine as decoration, wherein; indulgence and excess are symbols of the non-conventional. When provocation, beauty and the abject meet, the work becomes both contradictory and complimentary.