An installation by Susanna Treacy
10 Original Ideas:
1. Fashion through movement
I made a makeup case that could turn inside out and be worn as a shirt last semester. I’m interested in how things that are adaptable can affect time.
2. Attractive Body Shape
As a fashion major, I am aware of how much ideal body shape has changed over time. I would like to represent them all once to make all the ideals from different decades exist/interact at one time.
3. Plastic Surgery
I find plastic surgery interesting because it freezes/slows time (appearance).
4. Miley Cyrus Persona
Yes, ill admit i’m a fan. But, she is a very interesting representation about how your attitude/persona can manipulate time perception. There was even a class held at Skidmore College about her.
5. Track Races
As a runner, I find it interesting how OBSESSED a group can be with getting one second off your best “time.”
6. Poor vs. Rich
Interested in how how much economic stability effects the speed of a person’s life.
Even logo’s of top brands change, yet sometimes they go unnoticed.
8. “Timeless” things
Representing timeless quotes in a series of pictures from many different time periods. (always applicable)
9. Social Media
Facebook, for example, keeps better record of time than anything else. Photos, comments, links.
10. New York vs Suburb
Growing up in a small town right outside NYC, i am shocked at how much faster my life is living here.
Initial Pitch: Body Image (#2 – Attractive Body Shape)
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.
Process and Drawings:
First, I drew different body shapes that were each considered attractive in a certain decade. For my installation, I wanted them to be life size. I also wanted them to all be black figures, so the viewer would focus on the shape. My thought was that if all of these body types were displayed together, then the viewer wouldn’t single out one shape.
As my thinking about my topic progressed, I realized that my initial approach has not only been done before, but it has proved to be ineffective. There are many ad’s today that display women of all shapes and sizes to send a message that every shape is beautiful. However, when you open a top magazine, such as Vogue, today’s ideal shape is still the only one displayed. I brought my sketches into photoshop, and when I flipped them upside down I thought they resembled shadows. It made shape feel less significant. I added skeletons to show that the human form is timeless.
Goal of this installation:
What should be society’s primary focus: The human soul. The timeless qualities of women that never change. They are human beings, who experience emotions, and have a lot of depth as people.
What should be society’s secondary focus: Shape. It should not be as significant as what’s on the inside, but like a shadow, realistically you can’t ignore that it is there.