The Vanity Series shows vulnerability in a playful and whimsical light. It encompasses humanity’s feelings of both intimacy and loneliness, through portraits of people and animals alike. The people are portrayed through abstract expression, while the animals are personified and posed in relatable situations.
The series highlights society’s glossy exterior and lack of genuine connection. Photos are often taken to stage our lives and present the best version of ourselves. Through the innovation of technology, particularly social media, the world is closer than ever. We are immersed in constant communication and have the world at our figure tips. But beneath this virtual connection, lurks a dense loneliness.
It seems as though our vulnerabilities and genuine emotion are cast aside for empty facades that paint the perfect life. We often compare our facades to others and make ourselves believe that we never reached our full potential, forgetting that it's all fake along the way.
Even before school media, staged photos hardly showed the entire truth. Today, our fast-paced world makes feeling our emotions to their full capabilities inconvenient. There is a political polarization that makes us feel that we are more different than alike, and there is a constant fear that something dreadful can happen at anytime. It’s becoming harder and harder to be OK. It’s becoming harder to carry on our perfect facades.
When exhibited, the Vanity series will include a set of mirrors for viewers to reflect upon and immerse themselves into the exhibit.