The beauty industry has a way of making you hate yourself. It shoves objectified ideals in your face every minute of your waking life. My work began as a study of its imposed gender roles that are magnified at the expense of our emotional psyche. It has since evolved into the consideration of artificiality as an expression of identity. Do I want to appear as socially conservative or dramatically unpredictable, mousey and submissive or fearlessly dominating? The consumer market dictates our human condition, leaving the individual as bait. My art practice aims to expose the perceived ‘dysmorphia’ and turmoil that one faces when determining their aesthetic voice within a complex system of supply and demand.
The series Dysmorphia, is made up of assemblage sculpture. The process involves collecting objects as a direct subconscious impulse that I then arrange.
From a vintage metal eggbeater to brightly colored synthetic hair, these arrangements require something hard and metallic to be paired with something delicate and soft, mirroring the polarity of sexual identity that exists within the beauty industry.
The final compositions appear as various personalities reflecting the malleability of self-identity, in an attempt to detract the ‘ugly’ with the beautiful or create ‘pretty’ through ugly measures.