Holly Jade Bate
The Salon is a contemporary feminist exploration into modern concepts of beauty and how they are affected by media and advertising's idealistic representations of women. It articulates the artificial value of manufactured beauty and presents the idea of self-fashioning as an alien concept. The project features a variation of still life, self-portraiture and collaboration with a model who has recently undergone cosmetic surgery. Through taking self-portraits, Holly uses herself as a prop, removed from the patriarchal gaze, to articulate prevalent social pressures in her own life. The surreal, sculptural, constructed images communicate the clinical perfection of beauty standards and contrast more common traditional images of women, as the female body is used practically, opposed to showcased in a sexualised light.
Holly Jade Bate • Sophie Burlison • Meg Clark • Dan Commons • Jack Cunningham • Robyn Dewhurst • Jonny Eastwood • Charlie Emm • Fiona Garratt • Emma J Jackson • Nikita Johnson • Gracie Lazenby • Stuart McCloskey • Jackie Slater • El Slorick • Sebastian Smith • Jade Stinson • Andy Tighe • Siria Toccafondi • Aidan Wyldbore •