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, 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 picture. We often compare our lives to others, create parasocial relationships, and seek quick validation from bystanders. But these portrayals are fake. These connections aren't real.
Even before school media, staged photographs rarely presented an accurate depiction of our lives. Today, our fast-paced world makes feeling our emotions to the fullest a mere inconvenience. There is a political polarization that makes us feel as though we are more different than alike, and there is a constant fear that something dreadful could happen at any moment. It’s becoming harder and harder to be OK. It’s becoming harder and 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.