Some Thoughts and Statements
Maybe they make sense?
How do we identify with vulnerable characters on the Internet? Do we change our perception of what is ugly to feel more comfortable with ourselves? How do historical references to ugly characteristics inform beauty trends today? Is there anything that needs to be fixed? When thinking critically about race, gender, stereotypes, cultural distinctiveness and cultural norms, what do we do with beauty? My work reflects the tragic comedy of having grown up as a liberal, American Jewess, within an affluent, non-Jewish community in Scottsdale, Arizona where banal universal stereotypes, such as the Jewish shnoz, being rich and spoiled, and plastic surgery as the path to the fountain of youth abound were omnipresent. I came from a noncritical point of view, and through art, gained the ability to be critical. My work is shaped by the dissonant desire to destroy and become, by public online transformation, by exploring makeup as a fine art form, by the personalities that shape a younger generation, by the raw data available on the popular platform for misuse, and by notions of beauty that contradict but are also evolving. I portray on my YouTube channel and in my characters feminine personae that are in themselves an institutional critique, exposing a potentially broken system while paradoxically and expressly implicating a desire to be validated by that very system.
I aim to synthesize the campy feminist sensibility of early video work to newer, digital technologies. I want to engage, through percussive editing, the complex feminist critique of the social and technological body. The work explores working in the “sex industry” after graduating college, questions standards of beauty, and uses role play, personal narrative, and artifice as conceptual devices. My video work uses the vernacular and editing style of contemporary cultural platforms such as YouTube. It is in between a celebration and a critique. I want us to think about the pursuit of beauty, and meditate on femininity in visual culture. Is this generation damaged and affirmed by media consumption? How can we use archetypal personae to represent the violence and anxiety beneath the surface of beauty culture?
Some Inspirations: George Kuchar, Tony Oursler, Cecelia Condit, Mike Smith, Alex Bag, Stanya Kahn, Sondra Perry, Jacolby Satterwhite, Trevor Shimizu