44 x 29 in.
Despite more than thirty years of feminism not-with-standing, women are slaves to impossible standards of beauty and youth. This pathological socio-cultural reinforcement of a patriarchal definition of beauty defines women by the sum of their body parts. We nip and tuck, add and subtract, to re-make ourselves into this “ideal woman” Give me this rock star’s nose, this actress’s chin, this model’s eyes.
Through collage, using appropriated fashion magazine imagery, these works examine images of beauty and perfection. They are cut, sliced, pasted, re-assembled portraits that mimic emotional states of mind and physical beauty. They beg the question, do beautiful parts make beautiful faces?
© Louise Pappageorge