‘Pretty Hurts’ is a constructed-imagery photo-series that follows the character Stacey through her everyday rituals - it seeks to explore society’s ever-increasing obsession with beauty, consumerism and outward appearances. Stacey is a caricature of the several facets concerned with body image expectations, and the stereotypes placed upon women. She is impressionable, pressured and naive. Largely inspired by housewife handbooks from the 1960s, ‘Pretty Hurts’ is styled in a way that is relatable, yet not instantly recognisable - it is an amalgamation of eras which is intended to prompt the question: has the subordinate treatment of women really improved throughout the decades? Personal preference and taste may change, but the inherent pressure and desire to be aesthetically pleasing remains.
Yana Andonova • Erin Brown • Hester Davey • Keri Hannah • Izzy Leach • Martyna Maz • Jack Mercer • Dylan Moore •