Material Girls

Kendra Christie's avatar Kendra Christie

"Material Girls" is my passionate effort to capture the essence of important social issues in the juxtaposed reality of impoverished women and children with the glamour and self-focus associated with enhanced external beauty. These portraits are of real people. Using such a luxury as make-up to etch the wrinkles on these weary faces brings a unique dimension of emotion to the pieces. The traditional use of cosmetics is to draw attention to oneself, my hope is that the way it is used here may instead bring light to the very real and on-going struggle of the beautiful souls that it depicts. My desire is that upon contemplating these works, the viewers may have their eyes opened to the need for us to abandon our selfishness and rise up to meet the needs of those around us. Reference photo credit: Madison K Rogers and Scott Kwak Photos taken in Nepal, Cambodia, and Malaysia All cosmetics were used, donated, and reused for this series. All the wood is reclaimed.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3/4 inches
  • Medium: Cosmetics
  • Width: 12 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 16 inches