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Lara Meanwell

Byron Bay High School

Artwork title
Define me by my looks, not by my personality
HSC year
2015
ARTEXPRESS year
2016
Expressive form
Drawing
Artist’s statement

Through this work I wanted to question aesthetics, question the notion of beauty. Why are some people considered beautiful and others not, and does this aesthetic appearance then define who you are? I wanted to explore a range of dominant features considered attractive in contemporary society across a range of different ethnicities, using both traditional and postmodern mediums and practices to emphasise evolving perceptions of beauty over time. Aimed at an adolescent audience, I ask them to confront any feelings of insufficiency and inadequacy in their physical appearance as aesthetic beauty does not define you.

Influencing artists:
Andy Warhol
Barbara Kruger
Bonehead
Rembrandt