Cut-Out Beauty

Queensland Centre for Photography, Selected Graduate Show, Southbank, Brisbane, QLD

November 2009

Cardboard, 120 Film, Type C Print

This work comprises the final body of work for my Bachelor of Photography (Art Practices) at Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University, Brisbane. 

Cut-Out Beauty explores feminist ideals of beauty and representations of the feminine in popular culture. Images of women are taken from magazines, advertising and pornography. The silhouettes are used to reference the familiarity and repetition of stereotypes, whilst also denying their consumption. The 'Madonna and the Whore' is ridiculed through of the contextualisation of the sexual silhouettes in domestic spaces. This challenges and questions the contemporary ideals of beauty, whilst highlighting the normalisation and disempowering qualities of this popular culture imagery.