Friday, July 01, 2011

Dissembling - Beauty Pageant

Second in my new series called Dissembling
dis·sem·ble  (d-smbl)
v. dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling, dis·sem·bles
1. To disguise or conceal behind a false appearance. See Synonyms at disguise.
2. To make a false show of; feign.
To disguise or conceal one's real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.

The series is about the different guises and masks we wear.

This particular image is about the efforts we make and the pains we are prepared to take to be beautiful and to adhere to the beauty standards and trends of our time. From designer eyes (coloured contact lenses) to makeup to surgery to turning ourselves into animals or vampires (and so on) there are many ways to hide ourselves until we cannot tell where the mask ends and we begin. The saddest thing of all is that we seem to forget that outer beauty is nothing without inner beauty. However, any inner beauty we possess is often overshadowed by the pursuit of outer beauty.

I am not saying that a little makeup is evil or that you shouldn't look after yourself and make the best of your assets, however, in recent years the concerns with our 'outer' shell seem to have taken over any concerns we have with our inner selves, the content as it were. From trying to be size 0 to wearing the latest fashion to cosmetic surgery we seem to have forgotten who we are and where we come from.


All others images/textures/brushes my own

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  1. Oh my! More beautifuller still, and certainly a better piece for poetic inspiration and utterance. I think this one will set before my eyes until words arise, or fail me, with the Lady's assent. :)

  2. Totally agree with the sentiments behind this image!


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