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I am interested in the interplay between cultural definitions of beauty and the unsettling truths they often conceal within Western narratives. In stories ranging from ancient biblical texts to science fiction and fairytales, societal expectations frequently masquerade as unyielding moral principles, usually reinforced by rigid standards of beauty. Through my sculptural and time-based vignettes, I reveal cracks in the spellbound beauty of fantasy worlds, encouraging viewers to reflect on the dynamics of beauty and power within society.

 

In my practice, themes of brutality, exploitation, and loss of control emerge within meticulously crafted environments suffused with cinematic grandeur. Using fantastical imagery and traditional cinematic techniques, I capture viewers' attention, while using soft materials imbued with a look of bodily distress to introduce a discordant element into the implied narratives. This combination of spectacle and discomfort challenges viewers to confront the uncomfortable realities veiled within our collective fantasies.

 

Through my work, I try to ensnare viewers within the dichotomy of cuteness, manipulating conflicting states to provoke introspection and dialogue. For instance, a toy doll with stubby childlike limbs wearing construction gear blurs the line between vulnerability and assertiveness, forcing viewers into a reverie of conflicting interpretations. Balancing on the edge between beauty and grotesqueness, dream and nightmare, my work traps viewers between suggestions of impending calamity and soothing layers of decorative baby fat. Placing viewers between these polarities invites them to reflect on the construction of comfortable narratives and the often dismal nature of our grand aspirations.

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