Beauty Tip #1 EXFOLIATE © 2002 Aliyah Marr The exhibit: http://www.radi8.org/exhibits/exhibit_6/exfoliate.html Main site: http://www.radi8.org Artist's Statement In this piece a woman who feels unattractive and unloved idolizes the faces and lives of the models she sees in the media. She believes that the answer to her problem of identity and self-love can be found in the very media that has convinced her of her deficiencies. She attempts to discover a younger and more beautiful self in a woman’s magazine by cutting into the magazine and peeling away successive layers. but she can never fully identify with the idealized women before her. She continues to search, digging deeper and deeper as the magazine before her becomes a complex and fragmented composite of images and identities. This piece explores the cultural obsession with youth and beauty. The idea of exfoliation is to strip away layers of old dead skin until a younger, more beautiful self is revealed. To the artist the practice of exfoliation is a weird form of self- archaeology. It is as if we think that each layer of skin represents a physical strata of years and that if we can just strip away enough of it we will eventually reveal a better version of ourselves that is sure to lie somewhere below. What happens if one takes the idea of exfoliation too far? The exhibit: http://www.radi8.org/exhibits/exhibit_6/exfoliate.html This work is available for exhibition.
Biography: Aliyah Marr is a professional artist and designer; specializing in interactive and time-based media. Educated in Europe, she has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has worked as a designer and taught art, design and interactive multimedia at major art institutions for the past nine years. She is currently involved in creating a body of work that explores new media as fine art. Exhibitions + Radi8; one person show; ongoing exhibits + TechnOasis Gallery Invitational Siggraph 99 Trade Show 1999 + Small Works 6, Parsons Exhibition Main Gallery; NYC group show, 1998 + Williamsburg Art Center, NYC; group show 1997 + Gallery 99; Cincinnati, Ohio group shows 1991-1993 + Women's Caucus for the Arts group show 1991 + Carnegie Arts Center One man show 1989 + Cincinnati Arts Consortium solo show 1980 + International Festival of Women Artists, NY Carlsburg Glyptotek Museum Copenhagen, Denmark, July 1980 + La Maison des Etats-Unis, Paris, France group show 1979 Foundation des Etats-Unis Paris, France, 1979 Publications + Siggraph 99 Multimedia World Magazine multiple articles on multimedia 1994-1995 + NautilusCD Magazine Articles multiple articles on multimedia 1992-1995 + HOW magazine featured in article on self-promotion March, 1990 + North American Review paintings as illustrations 1989, 1990 + Cincinnati Magazine painting as illustration 1989 + Cincinnati Enquirer article on group show at Carnegie Arts Center 1989 Affiliations + Instructor at the School of Visual Art, NYC from 1996; Multimedia Design, Programming + Instructor at Parsons School of Design, NYC from 1996; Multimedia Design, Web + Design Instructor at Pratt Institute, NYC 1999; Web Design, Time-based Media + Design Instructor at Chatfield College, Fayetteville, Ohio: Illustration + Secretary for Gallery 99, aritst's cooperative, hanging shows, Cincinnati, Ohio Education + The School of Visual Arts; studies in Broadcast Design Art Academy of Cincinnati 1986-1988; courses in Illustration/Design + Indiana University 1980-1981 post graduate studies in Printmaking + L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France 1976-1979 Fine Art Degree
Country: United States
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