golden girls

"the conventions and transformations of female beauty."

Kirstie Banks

Golden Girls is a collage series that aims to explore the conventions and transformations of female beauty past and present from an alchemic perspective, looking at how we purify, mature and perfect in the same way as objects in alchemic practice. Taking existing imagery from the 1960’s and the present day, there is a visual embodiment of the reliance of beauty as a tool of self-manipulation in order to change perceptions based on the social spaces we inhibit, class and wealth. The juxtaposition of faces represent the transformation of female identity whilst the gold represents this indistinguishable and ever changing perfection we as women are constantly in pursuit of. 


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