Sixty two percent of women feel negatively about their appearance, according to a 2020 study by the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee in Britain. This statistic is reflected in Lisa Roggenbuck’s practice, which deals with the impact of western beauty standards perpetuated by popular culture, social media and the fashion industry. Body Talk depicts a face as it is painted with a slippery ointment. A derogatory anthem rings out, describing the figure’s disconnection from their body. In Aesthetic Labour, pastel hues allude to the privilege given to caucasian bodies, whilst repeating patterns represent the removal of individuality.
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Image Credit: Lisa Roggenbuck, Body Talk, (2019). Single-channel video. 4 min. 56 sec.