Race For Beauty

88cm x 100cm x 2cm

Curator's Eye

British contemporary multidisciplinary artist Naomi Wallens is a visual story-teller. Her painting, photography and sculpture, all share a common theme - to fight and challenge societal injustices and champion empowerment and love.

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Programming’ and ‘Cultural Conditioning’ and Race for Beauty is a perfect example of Naomi’s desire to produce unorthodox products of visual story-telling that fight and challenge societal injustices and champion empowerment and love. This poignant piece portrays a Girl, recently crowned the winner of a beauty pageant. She is on her knees and naked signifying the emotional toll of competing to be seen, heard and loved for who she is. However, her expression is one of power, beauty, solidarity, and hope. Hope for a voice, for liberty, diversity, better representation and for meaningful, lasting change. The image is particularly relevant not only in referencing the Black Lives Matter movement, but also the 2020 film; ‘Misbehaviour’, which addresses both feminist and racial issues surrounding the true story of the 1970’s Miss World contest. This creation is a good example of Naomi’s evolutionary nature, bringing photography, which has always been a medium that features in her working process, to a medium in its’ own right. Coupled with her desire to juxtapose what looks like a glossy vogue styled image against something with a deeper meaning, this image is a real Collector’s piece.

Medium: Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl Paper 285gsm Diasec Mount with Aluminium Subframe

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