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21st Century Eve- Media Expectations and more art by Rachel Bishop

21st Century Eve- Media Expectations , 2021
9 x 9 cm (h x w)
GBP 75
copper
felt
Paper
Ink

21st Century Eve is a study into how young women are expected to conform to life right now in the ever-watching gaze of social media platforms and popular woman’s magazines. What the media wants is perfection, waxed and contoured with a year-round bikini body… a woman who is pouting and selfie ready for the always on hand smart phone. Life lived through social media portrayed very differently to the realness and authenticity of who she really is and maybe wants to be.

Eve is made from copper but she is far away from perfect. She is tarnished and fractured in reality and weighed down by the expectation put onto her by the media and society to constantly be a vision of sleek and beautiful perfection. A constant need to conform and be labelled by modern “popular” society. Eve was never meant to fit in, she was and always shall be, made to stand out.

The words on each leaf come from, and are, used daily across social media platforms. The concept of this piece is to challenge these 21st century perceptions of beauty and normality and to ask what temptations are faced today? What would the original Eve make of it all?

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