These illustrations are the outcome of an extensive study into the visual language of Condé Nast publications over a span of two decades. A special emphasis was placed on examining historical editions of Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines.
I create visual representations of our complex and ambivalent psychological relationship with the messages about gendered identity that are disseminated through popular culture. I am interested in how young females are shaped psychologically by consuming mainstream cultural symbols. I analyze narratives of fashion photography and their ability to mold behavior through the symbolic portrayal of models. Utilizing the models as surrogates and stereotypes, I deconstruct their unobtainable status through narratives questioning the status quo. The images address political and gender issues while simultaneously serving as personal testimony. Fashion photographers rely on basic shapes in set design and model positioning to create a sense of harmonious balance that discourages viewers' interrogation of the message behind the image, I use techniques to achieve the opposite effect—discordant messages, shape tension, and psychological unrest.