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Aliyah Marr
Beauty Tip #1 - Exfoliate
2003
Still from 15 minute video

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Beauty Tip #1 - Exfoliate
15 min video
New exhibit on RadiATe - http://www.radi8.org

In this piece a woman who feels unattractive and unloved idolizes the faces and lives of the models she sees in the media. She believes that the answer to her problem of identity and self-love can be found in the very media that has convinced her of her deficiencies.

She attempts to discover a younger and more beautiful self in a woman’s magazine by cutting into the magazine and peeling away successive pages, but she can never fully identify with the idealized women before her. She continues to search, digging deeper and deeper as the magazine before her becomes a complex and fragmented composite of images and identities.

This piece explores the cultural obsession with youth and beauty. The idea of exfoliation is to strip away layers of old dead skin until a younger, more beautiful self is revealed. To the artist the practice of exfoliation is a weird form of self- archaeology.  It is as if we think that each layer of skin represents a physical strata of years and that if we can just strip away enough of it we will eventually reveal a better version of ourselves that is sure to lie somewhere below.

A shortened (and smaller) version of this 15 minute long video is featured on the main exhibits page of RadiATe -- http://www.radi8.org -- for the public’s perusal.

>>> This work is available for exhibition <<<




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