Febby Valencia
This work is my critique of the toxicity of beauty standards that has corrupted human sanity throughout countless centuries. I have adopted a classical 3-act-structure to advance my thoughts:
1. Beauty standards spread like a fast-paced virus and make us question our beauty.
2. We keep on looking for temporary things by giving up things that matter to us.
3. An allegory could be an open interpretation, but it has a very deep history specific to the
Indonesian culture.

While making this work, my sentiments and mental well-being pushed me to a surrealist narrative strategy for “collage” formations. The resources I adopt to invoke viewers’ emotions are from traditional Indonesian beliefs and more. My collage work comprises a mixture of found images, my own hand-drawn art and self-photography. I finally pinned down on pop-up layered collage as it fits my intention to deconstruct the actual image, layer by layer first, and then reconstruct it narratively. I have focused a lot on fragments with symbolic meanings in order to show the rotting process of beauty standards. 

I believe abstraction provokes more active audience response and gives them the space to create their own narratives as they watch mine.

Image Reference: **all images are copyright-free**
Image 1 : 
Golden ratio spiral : Josuha Théophile (gray shell fossil)
Eye : Amanda Dalbjörn (close up photo of person eye) https://unsplash.com/photos/fvInY-Gh7sc 
Model : Pooja Chaudary (woman in black one shoulder dress posing)
Tv : ajeet mestry : turned off black television https://unsplash.com/photos/UBhpOIHnazM 
Image 2 : 
Frog : jack hamilton (closeup photography of frog) https://unsplash.com/photos/EP_OHkgn1JI 
Mirror : giorgio trovato (gold floral frame on white textile)
Image 3 : 
Nails : bansah photography ( https://unsplash.com/photos/mVsnJ3J46S8 
Eyeball : gerax sotelo (https://unsplash.com/photos/mVsnJ3J46S8 
Rabbit : gary bandig (selective photography of brown rabbit)
Tuxedo : Benjamin rascoe (men in black suit
Legs : lucrezia carnelos person’s feet 
Hand : sebastian dumitru person hand on white wall https://unsplash.com/photos/36g19a7ivrs 
Image 4 : 
Human heart : camilo jimenez (https://unsplash.com/photos/kn6QrWtnAtY 
Image 5 : 

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Febby Valencia is doing her undergraduate major in Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. She is interested in animation, conceptual art, storytelling and narrative-based art. Born in Indonesia, a country with millions of cultures, making her wanting to discover deeper meanings in art creation. She seeks to know how art is more than just storytelling, as well as more ways to articulate her feelings in different artistic media.