is about women’s (and men’s) obsession with feminine beauty. In its traditions and from a gendered perspective beauty is representative for the soft, passive and decorative, depicted in female form since the early classic paintings and founded on values within mythology and religion. Within this traditional format two roles have been obsessed over: the virgin and the sex symbol in form of Venus; one is to contain women and value their worth in reproductive capacity and self-sacrifice and the other is to perv on and fantasise over, a fetish of desire.
How we define beauty and women’s worth has been limited to the depictions of these two ideals. In this work I question this conventional way of defining, consuming and looking at beauty with the aim to challenge our gaze on beauty. I polarise the real with the fantasy, the passive with the active, the strong with the weak and thereby hope to offer a different perspective to the repetitive and over-reproduced ideal aesthetic.