Nature’s Beauty Tools

Since 2011, I have been developing a large body of work composed now of about 60 pieces, specifically photographs and video art about beauty tools. In this most recent series, “Natureʼs Beauty Tools”, I am replacing synthetically produced and manufactured beauty products (fake eyelashes, lipstick and silicone implants) with nature-sourced materials that serve as compelling stand-ins.

Temporary sculptural props of twigs, mushrooms, slate, tree-bark, leaves, etc. are physically manipulated into tiny sculptures which are then temporarily attached to the model and photographed in studio environments. These materials are organic and often disintegrate quickly, so the photographs are orchestrated within a day of finding the source material. The dramatic artificial lighting, high depth-of-field focus, along with the large-scale presentation of the finished framed work sets the overall tone for the viewer, referencing both the fine art photographic history and contemporary Advertising.

My work is at times humorous, dark, cold, and awkward – which is my response to consumer culture’s ideals of beauty and perfection.