Faceswap #2

Elyshialay

Hillbank, Australia

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Face-swap.
The negative impact social media has on beauty has been the broadcast of unrealistic beauty standards, leading to low self-esteem and the loss of individualism. This need of wanting to look as perfect as women do on Instagram, makes our confidence drop more because we don’t look like them or live the life they do. We live in a world where people base their values on the number of ‘likes’ and followers they have on social media, this outward judgment leads to loss of individualism and this struggle for ‘likes’ cause us to doubt our self-perception and leads people to focus on the outer instead of the inner qualities.
Snapchat is a popular form of social media which allows you to share photos with friends in a brief moment before erasing them. The App just released a filter titled ‘face-swap’ where you can replace your own face with any other persons in your photo album. I used this filter to express the desire we all have had at one stage of life, to be someone else. But in doing so I decided to distort the imagery and create several really quirky, hybrid portraits of two faces merged together. I used the faces of low grade celebrities over my own to say something about current beauty standards. The distorted women I have represented in my watercolour paintings speak of the intriguing qualities of individualism and the truth that is ‘you can’t be anyone but yourself. By using snapchat as a device I was able to represent the importance of eccentricity and the role of social media.

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