Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Masks of Beauty . . . A Disturbing Image

Dezeen Magazine recently published photos of artist Meike Harde's latest art installation, "Too Beautiful To Be True."





The artist/designer created masks that cover women's faces, or parts of faces, with so-called "ideal" features culled from popular media. Here's more from the article:

"German designer Meike Harde generated masks which picture the eye and mouth area correspond to the current ideal of beauty.

When put on, however, they cause a contortion of the face. This is meant to show that artificially produced beauty is not always beautiful; instead it can evoke the very opposite. Furthermore the pressure to be beautiful is to be questioned and denounced.

The visitors of the exhibition were free to take along an exemplar of the masks, which, not only inside the exhibition rooms, resulted in many unsettling reactions during the evening."

Unsettling, I am sure!

These images are exaggerated of course. But the point is made. There really are no "ideal" features. And the more we try to squeeze and conform ourselves to expected style/age/size norms, the more painful it becomes.

When I see these pictures, I want to hug my own, imperfect-but-real face!


23 comments:

  1. Whoa, scary. I'll take my aging face just as it is, thanks!

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  2. Eeeek! That's quite scary!

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  3. Those are really freaky!  Even some "beautiful" people are pretty ordinary looking.  I love it when to gossip magazines feature celebs without makeup! 

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  4. Pam@Over50feeling40April 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    This kind of gives me nightmares....and you are right does drive home the point!

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  5. All of a sudden I don't mind my little wrinkles!

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  6. Yikes, those are pretty bad. But I find it even more disturbing when people distort their own faces with huge lip augmentation, extreme eye lifts, and shaving noses down to a fraction of their natural size.  Hopefully exhibits like this will help peopl emake the connection. 

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  7. Whoa, it is frightening...although I have studied the faces on wax museum images and sometimes wondering if a thin wax mask of my face might be possible...to hide the stubborn blemishes.

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  8. Yikes!  They remind me of the Martian lady from Mars Attacks!

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  9. Patti, thank you so much for sharing this!! I love what this artist has done - it's so simple but it highlights perfectly (and ghoulishly) the ridiculousness of mass replication of media-defined perfection. It reminds me of an early Twilight Zone episode in which young women coming of age get to choose which idealized female form they would like to become - one woman refuses and she is institutionalized for her extreme deviance. 

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  11. The point is made well.  I have never been much of a fashion magazine reader--even when I was really young.  They would either border on the the ridiculous or the images presented would make me feel "less" and totally flawed.  So I just stopped buying them.  Maybe once every 5 years I will buy the September issue of Vogue but that's it. 

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  12. EEEk!! I'm gonna have nightmares!!
    I never understood the trend to those big puffy lips--it looks WEIRD!

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  13. Hi Patti!

    First and foremost thank you for explanation about the web site to add links, i can not remember the name, anyway! Thank You very much, you are so nice to have taken the time to send me such a lenghty explanation!

    About your post, yes i have seen horrible things- especially done at the lips, collagen boost of the lips - I had laser done for rosacea, it worked very well and this is it for me!
    I would think twice before doing something major with my face, i like mine just the way it is!

    Take care lovely

    Ariane xxxx

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  15. This should make a nice wake up call for all those who are dreaming of having plastic surgery done to their face for no other reason the wanting their face to be "perfect".

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  16. Yeucchhh. That's an eye opener.

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  17. A reminder that there is beauty in imperfection.

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  18. These are quite disturbing. I'm pretty satisfied with my face. While I know we all go through times where we wished we looked different, I think variety is the spice of life. Embrace yourself!

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  19. Augh.  Before you die you see the ring.  That's what these remind me of, if you saw the movie, the weird facial distortions.

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  20. Great post Patti! An image instead of thousand words.I feel so much better about how I look now that I "ve seen those photos. Message received.

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  21. Oh Patti...I do so love your thought provoking posts...thank you for sharing your voice!

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