At a first glance, one views Slappey’s surreal works, almost like a dark adult cartoon, kinky, sensual, and sexually charged. However, the fleshy tones depicting female body parts and phallic-shaped props suggest an alternate world where a sexualized male gaze has been overcome.
In Slappey’s artworks, the female form is only portrayed by those who possess it. The American female artist works with the intention of removing feminine shame from the nude figure.
In Tied Up II the scenario thickens as additional elements add to a bondage-suggestive “Tied-Up” with elements like marble, pearls, chain link, and clouds. Slappey has said she imagines “bodies as so overtly female/gendered that they become aggressive and threatening”.