Installations

Description

I am growing up in a media driven society that increasingly dictates to young women that in order to be desirable, you must be painfully thin with a very specific body type that is unrealistic to most. Young women are being pushed into disordered eating in an effort to live up to the media’s representation of what women should look like, and this is definitely a social problem. I chose to address this by creating an installation that allows women to connect with one another on this issue. I painted large bodies on vinyl and placed them on mirrors throughout women’s bathrooms on campus so that young women would be forced to see what several women with disordered eating habits see when they look in the mirror, which is an illusion of their own bodies that has been distorted by their unhealthy way of thinking. I paired words of inspiration on the mirror paralell to provide a positive message and to illude that these visions are a result of skewed perception.