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Marie Damien

Nominated by Northern Illinois University 

Many women, including myself, take advantage of cosmetics as a way to further define their outer beauty. My recent body of work explores the element of pain required to meet ideal beauty standards. In researching the cosmetics that I use daily, I was shocked to discover how many ingredients were animal based. My objective is to divert my audience's attention from the discomfort that the man or woman goes through to attain beauty, and draw attention to the animals that suffer through the inhumane processes of ingredient collection and testing. Since many people are unaware of what goes into the products they buy, I hope to guide my viewer's attention to the beings outside of humanity who suffer.

Image: Barb City, 2016

Resident year: 
2017
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident