Alien/Rub, 2011

Megan Conley

Alien/Rub, 2011
Untitled, 2011

I have a unique and personal relationship to beauty, one that exemplifies a general condition in today’s society and culture. My work explores the self-defining experience of facial and dental deformity and the correction process that started over years ago and is still ongoing. My themes of interest range from identity construction to abjection, the comparison of beauty and the grotesque, mapping of the face, and topology. To challenge society’s pressure on women’s beauty, I go against this, and challenge it by creating images that are uncanny, disturbing and disfigured.

In the Alien/Rub series from 2011, I intentionally take myself out of my everyday normalcy and transform into the grotesque. While performing for the camera, my appearance is initially presented as ‘beautiful’, with lavish amounts of makeup. By adding materials, such as toothpaste, on top of makeup, the reversal becomes more obvious. I then select and work with images that evoke the idea of the less human.

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Alien, 2011
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Grinder, 2011
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Rub 1, 2011
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Rub 2, 2011
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Rub 3, 2011
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Rub 4, 2011
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