Samantha Lyn Aasen

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Wig (20″ x 30″), inkjet photograph, $350

Sparkle Baby explores gender, sexuality, and pop culture by seeking out the shifting boundary between girlhood and womanhood. It is a manifestation of my own ambivalence towards the Princess-industrial-complex. The work is partially an attempt to relive the time in adolescence when I was exploring my sexuality and femininity and actually desired an ultra feminine identity that I never was allowed to express. By re-presenting images of myself as a character I play out aspects of this desire and repulsion embedded in my own girlhood and within American consumer culture. I also present parts of my studio, where I performed for the camera, to reference the construct of gender and femininity and the staged nature and making the images.