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Jaye Whitehead (BFA 2014)

Published June 12, 2014

 

Painted Portraits composed of small skin colored polygons

By Jaye Whitehead (no title or description provided)

Painted Portraits composed of small skin colored polygons

By Jaye Whitehead (no title or description provided)

Artist Statement

Being a young white woman in modern western society, I am influenced and, more importantly, interested in the social constructs of what is accepted as “beautiful”.

Through my research process, I have forced myself to ask ‘where does my femininity lie? Where is the root of my confidence as a woman? If I can figure out how to be pretty, will I therefore be beautiful? Does my physical appearance alone exemplify my femininity?’

By some strange mix of social conformity and my own slight obsession with the fashion industry I grew up believing that the idea of “pretty” was equivalent to goodness.

My grasps to identify with the idea of beauty and exemplify my femininity are shown through my paintings. By fragmenting and highlighting facets of physically attractive women, the original images become skewed. The ambiguity of the personal identity of the new altered women forces the viewer to question who she is and why she has been so prominently displayed.

Painted Portraits composed of small skin colored polygons

By Jaye Whitehead (no title or description provided)

Painted Portraits composed of small skin colored polygons

By Jaye Whitehead (no title or description provided)