Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Game of Distorting Mirror

I thought I'd share you something different this time - a school project. According to a new law, every high school student in Estonia now has to write a research paper or complete some other kind of practical assignment in order to graduate. I tried to find a way how to incorporate my interest for fashion, art and photography into otherwise unpleasant school task and decided to make a art project for which I did a series of paintings..  I copy here just a little part of the summary.

The aim of this project was to create a series of mixed media paintings, knowing that the beauty ideals  have always excisted in society, what ever century or decade.  The project bases on the wish to contradict the criticism towards overusing make-up and photo retouching in today’s fashion media. I would like to remind how painters in the past beautified and idealized their models as similarly as today Photoshop is used to create a perfect image. I really doubt that Titian's Venuses were walking around the streets of Italy in 16th century just like today we don't see models on streets who look like straight out of a beauty campaign.
The paintings compare and contrast the ways in which beauty of women is seen in past and today. The work features examples from art history, present-day media and fashion industry.
Work process included reading History of Beauty by Umberto Eco and Ways of Seeing by John Berger.
As a result the completed series entitled The Game of Distorting Mirror uses playing card motif: The Queens to present examples of women beauty and the Joker to stand for a spectator. Playing cards symbolize game, money and coincidences that all have an impact on the evolving of the beauty ideals.


  1. This is really cool, Anni! More fun then some of the contemporary art I have been seeing around! You should do these paintings as an actual playing cards! :D


    1. Thank you so much, Madara! I'm hoping to make Kings and Jacks as well!