For my installation, I am going to focus on ideal body images throughout time. (20th-21st century). Every decade, styles change in fashion, and a contributing factor to changes in style are changes in what a “beautiful” figure looks like. Decades are defined by women’s image. In the 60’s, woman were strived to be skinny/adolescent like, in the 50’s woman wanted to be very curvy, jump forward to the 90’s, woman wanted to achieve the Kate Moss “heroin-chic” look, which was muscular and skinny. But what if we didn’t single out one image? What if all of these ideals were represented together? Would each “time period” be recognizable if all the styles and shapes were mixed?
To create this installation, I want to use mix all the time periods together, so they can coexist in one space. I want to create life size black figure shapes of different body ideals from different decades. They will not be arranged in chronological order. Also, I would use photoshop to mix different makeup styles on features of the face and hang the photos.
I think it is important to represent time in this way because it draws attention to a relevant issue. Instead of singling out one image, like American society has done in every decade in the past, focusing equally on many images eliminates how time affects what is considered beautiful.