Toying with History is an inquiry into the beloved but problematic visual tradition of Western Europe and America. This series of paintings parallels my contention that our sense of self and society is directly affected by the images in which we are immersed.
The forms with which we clothe our imagination color our worldviews. My paper dolls reduce this truism to absurdity by literally presenting iconic images as costumes to put on. By comparing contemporary and time-honored iconography, we can assess just how well (or badly) our visual culture represents women.
Further details are available in the master’s thesis paper I wrote about this series.