What Lies Beneath…

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Artist Jessica Wohl has created a series of manipulated portraits that is equally funny and disturbing. Some remind me of Chewbacca , others seem more sinister. Who are these people with their faces stitched into anonymity, what are they hiding behind their masks?

On her website Wohl says: Particularly drawn to the home and its residents, I exploit the uncanny while subverting domestic representations of perfection and happiness. I use obsession, personification, and gothic overtones to convey the idea that looks can be deceiving, and I interpret the family, the posed portrait and the suburban tract home as stages where this unsettling dynamic plays out.

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Wohl: I use sewing as a metaphor for “keeping it together.” This relentless need to prevent things from “ripping apart at the seams” speaks to the human need for connection, while simultaneously masking this vulnerability to appear composed in the eyes of others…

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(via: thejealouscurator.com)

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”  Miss Piggy

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