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!