Half Blade Half Silk
This was my senior thesis at pratt, my artist statement was as follows:
"The feminine is not easy, or soft, or clean; it is violent. It calls for long nails, shiny white teeth, razors and constraints. To the masculine it appears effortless, smooth, supple in all the right places. The fashion and beauty industries use this view to create a definition of feminine beauty. This much I am aware of, but I am not immune. From the age of eight I was challenged by the ideology of beauty. I was self-conscious and uncomfortable with my relationship to this presupposed standard. I've often looked to my mother for guidance in this manipulative terrain, but she is not immune either. So now I've turned inward to fight against the pressures I have felt to regulate my body.
I am looking at myself through the lens of the fashion beauty complex. Drawing from old and new beauty standards along with how women have been portrayed historically, I seek to combine in order to situate myself and feminine experience into a context. We have always been seen as an object of desire, something to be admired and obtained. Only with the rise of mass media has this been used to falsely empower in order to sell. I am turning myself into the object and using the modes of the industry in order to understand it. Perhaps if I become fully immersed I can begin to find comfort in this skin, regardless of external judgement."
I was the sole artist for this work.
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