Today after an eighteen-month marathon I have completed my Masters in Visual Art and Creative Practice at Uni SA! And Im exhausted ... but my mind still thinks I have things to do. Over the last forty-eight hours I have collated and combined all of my research into my final thesis, installed my artworks into an exhibition space for assessment, had my face-to-face assessment in front of four well renowned artists and academics, and then disassembled my artworks and brought them home. 16 weeks of constant work for a 1 hour experience.
My final body of work featured three large 60x90cm wood panels, and six smaller 40x4cm wood panels selectively appropriating images I have found on social media The collection of works is a critique of the way women present themselves on social media. The three small mirrors are deliberately set at 'eye height' to encourage the viewer to envisage themselves in the frames.
Below is a explanatory section from my thesis:
My artworks examine ideas of modern feminine iconography that populate social media imagery; images that re-define and normalize social beauty standards and yet create significantly un-achievable social norms. My collection of artworks attempts to examine the pose and stereotypical structure of images relate
Abbey is a practicing Visual Artist and high school teacher.