Along with my research project in the MFA program at Emily Carr University, this photo series is concerned with gestures of beautification and their impact on mental health. By making this series, I tried to respond to these questions: What is acceptable to do in public spaces? Why aren’t the processes of beautification as respected as its results? What gestures do women do for themselves, and what gestures do they do for others?
The sheet mask stands in an interesting place between humor and abjection, and between necessary and useless. This in-between is especially relevant in my work as I try to get people to ask questions rather than accepting answers or instructions.
This series was produced with the help of Vancouver-based artist Jae Lew. I could not thank you enough for your support. It was exhibited as part of the Introspection exhibition at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in March of 2019.