Katherine Griffiths / Naturally Beautiful / November 26 – December 20 2014
The six girls presented before you are aged between 12-13, an age where girls begin to shape their identity through physical appearance and body image. At this age, they are vulnerable to the various constructed ideals of beauty that are projected by the media and general pop-culture. The female figures we see in fashion advertisements, magazines and music videos have been laboriously manipulated using digital editing techniques, ultimately creating a skewed representation of perfection. The over saturation of these images can make it difficult for girls to differentiate between what is real and constructed.
To see these young girls in Naturally Beautiful, transformed at such a susceptible age, allows us to consider the various ways in which they may or may not develop as young women. Katherine has created a video piece titled Dance with me to further convey the influence of the female icon portrayed in pop music videos. This video aims to highlight the suggestive nature of pop music and how some girls are influenced to adopt and mimic the image and dance styles of their female role models.
The intention of the series Naturally Beautiful aims to create an insight into the female image generated by popular culture and the potential influence this image creates for our younger generation, ultimately challenging our ideals and perception on how we see beauty in today’s society.
Katherine Griffiths uses the medium of photography and moving image to deal with themes concerning identity, self-concept and the influence of emotion in today’s society. Using constructed narratives and cinematic lighting, her work creates a dramatic framework for viewers to make their own interpretations. In 2010, Katherine graduated from the Australian National University School of Art completing her Honours in Photography and New Media Arts. Since graduating, Katherine has undergone residencies at M16 Art space and Photo Access, whilst developing new works for solo exhibitions and multiple group shows.
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Press / Media:
photographer Katherine Griffiths tackles the nature of beauty, Robert Nelson, The Age, December 8th 2014