Reflection and Distortion

In this piece I embroidered the famous quote:

‘Warning: reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideas of beauty’

Using human hair donated by women (and one man) from in and around the city of Manchester.

Hair is traditionally seen as a very important part of women’s bodies and what they can control and change in order to appear beautiful in western society. With the inclusion of a wide range of coloured, dyed and natural hairs I’ve represented a proportion of modern humanity and reflected how they can treat and control their own bodies to distort notions of beauty. I wanted to observe how individuals will have different notions of what beauty might mean to them by how they how control their own hair and how they might view themselves as being different to others when looking into a mirror.

The piece shows how the reflection a person sees will be affected by how they have been moulded by the society in which they live. As a whole, ‘Reflection and Distortion’ shows how our ever-changing perceptions of how beauty is defined and altered over time are reflected back at us and in turn influence our behaviour.

“Reflection and Distortion”

(Detail)

Human Hair, Cotton, Board, Mirror Frame, Brush, Comb. (October 2015)

Includes hair from the artist herself, Holly Elizabeth, Simone Goulding, Ashley James, Laura Ruxton, Melanie Saleem, Amy Thornley and Julia Thornley.

 

“Reflection and Distortion”

(Detail)

Human Hair, Cotton, Board, Mirror Frame, Brush, Comb. (October 2015)

Includes hair from the artist herself, Holly Elizabeth, Simone Goulding, Ashley James, Laura Ruxton, Melanie Saleem, Amy Thornley and Julia Thornley.

 

“Reflection and Distortion” 

Shown here, exhibited at The Wonder Inn, Manchester, as part of the exhibition “Stitch Speaks Louder Than Words”, 14th March 2016 – 20th March 2016