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Martha Storey Wilson, American, b. 1947
I Make Up the Image of My Perfection/I Make Up the Image of My Deformity, 2007
Ink on paper
12 in. x 12 in. (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Digital print
Credit Line: Scripps College. Purchase made possible by the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund
Accession Number: 2006.5.20

This work is a part of Femfolio, a collaborative project bringing together twenty woman artists who created the feminist revolution in art during the early 1970s. All artists were featured in the exhibition "How American Women Artists Invented Postmodernism: 1970-1975" at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries (December 15, 2005–January 27, 2006). In collaboration with Master Printer John C. Erickson and the Brodsky Center.

The artist uses tools like makeup, camera angles, and lighting to create two contrasting self portraits. By using these tools, Wilson controls how she appears to others, knowing that neither version can fully represent her true self. In the performance art, Wilson addresses the insecurity about physical appearance that plagues too many people still today, particularly women: "If I call attention to the things I fear the most, then I know that I don't look this way most of the makes me feels a lot better."


Digital print.

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