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Leah Marie Mariani

ABN 60 749 478 239

Surrey Hills, Australia 3127 

info@leahmariani.com

I like pretty things

Our society places great value on things that look nice: especially woman who are valued on the basis of beauty. It starts with young girls who are told they are pretty (rather than clever or kind) and continues right up into adulthood where female politicians are criticised on their appearance rather than their policies. It implies that a woman's personality is less valued than how she looks and leads women to spending countless hours and dollars on their appearance. 

 

Men look at women, women watch themselves being looked at. It is an unavoidable truth. You might even say it’s natural. Then why does it make us comfortable? Why do we have a love-hate relationship with sexual objectification? I like pretty things, explores our relationship with female objectification in the fashion industry.

 

The illustrations reference advertising material where models appear languid and look longingly at the camera. In many of the drawings the woman's face is obscured, removing her identity and cementing the point that we view women as objects. Descriptions of women such as "foxy", “chicks” and "birds inform the narrative of my illustrations. We often refer to women as innate objects or small fluffy cute animals, subconsciously indoctrinating ourselves into thinking of women as things to be eaten or consumed. On first glance the illustrations may appear to be mere fashion illustrations, but upon closer inspection a deeper, darker meaning reveals itself.

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Art series book
This illustrated series is now available in a hardcover book, complete with essays from the blog, from $53.44 USD.
Not just a pretty face
sold
Mistaken identity
sold
Tied up with string
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed. contact artist for details.
Fashion victim
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed, $460.
Check out chick
sold
If found please return
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed, $460.
Love will set you free
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed, $460.
Innocence is bliss
sold
Consume me
watercolour, collage, pen and pencil on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm framed. contact artist for details.
Models are super
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed $460. contact artist for details.
Temptation
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed, $460. contact artist for details.
Mask
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed, $460.
Dripping with pearls
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed, $460. contact artist for details.
Pretty as a picture
sold
Fox hunt
watercolour, collage, pen and pencil on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm framed. contact artist for details.
Stop
sold
Mail order bride
sold
Love is blind
watercolour, collage and pencil on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed, $460.
Old bag
watercolour, collage and pen on Arches paper, 76cm x 56cm unframed, $460. contact artist for details.
Retail therapy
sold
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