Graphic and fine artist, living and working in Belper, Derbyshire.
Using mixed media design with collage and resin, based on a modern interpretation of 'pop art'.
Depicting the faces of models and celebrities from current magazines, which have been ripped from their page and edited in such a way as to change their appearance and message using:
Collage, ink, acrylics, oil pastels, marker pen, pencil, charcoal, and finally resin on canvas.
The ever changing, ever exploitative nature of the fashion and beauty industry perpetuates the negative effect on a woman’s self-esteem, body image, and perception of beauty. By using upward comparisons, women are constantly comparing themselves to standards of beauty that society shows to them.
“As a graphic designer Photoshop is a tool I use daily. The use of Photoshop to edit faces of models and celebrities in women’s magazines that promote beauty products has become the norm. As such I feel this sends out a negative message to women that: to be beautiful is to be flawless”.
These images we’re created with this in mind, creating layers of collage to mimic the layers of self perception and the mask we wear to cover our true selves.