In This Skin
A series of 4 quilts examining the damage we inflict upon ourselves on a daily basis, in our struggle to be recognised as 'beautiful'.
Since time immemorial women have been continually reminded of how important it is to be beautiful. Songs, films, posters, adverts and celebrity culture all play their part. The beauty and cosmetic industry makes a fortune from it. The trouble is, to help us spend our hard earned cash on products which we believe will help us achieve our goals, the beauty and cosmetic industry promotes hugely unrealistic images of what we should aspire to. After all – if we manage to become ‘beautiful’ we won’t need their products any more. Ironically, rather than helping us to feel more beautiful, the beauty business has resulted in us feeling less so. Anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-confidence and feelings of inadequacy are often the result.
Each of these quilts confronts these negative emotions and what has become an obsession with beauty. When will we realise, we are beautiful enough already? Click on the eyes to find out more about each of these 4 quilts.
Whether we like it or not, our appearance plays an important part in the of our self-image. We are used to changing our hair, makeup and clothing. For some it goes even further as cosmetic surgery becomes more widely accepted as 'normal'.
For those who do not identify with the gender they were ascribed at birth this goes even further. How you see yourself does not always match with how others see you.