2015 – Pageant: Manufactured Beauty

Pageant: Manufactured Beauty critiques the sexual objectification of girls and women in popular culture, specifically exploring the role of clothing as means to mitigate the abject female body. Created from second hand girl’s clothing the dolls represent a purposefully failed attempt to create a “perfect” female body. The monstrous results create a new dilemma in which the objects cannot be safely interpreted as either girls or women, baby dolls or sex toys, pure or dirty. The quandary left for the viewer mimics, albeit in an exaggerated fashion, the same phenomenon seen in popular culture, wherein girls are over sexualized and woman are infantalized, each striving futilely to be more like the other.

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