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Shenelle A Ammon
Jamaica,
Website: http://
Neighborhood: Fort Greene



ARTIST STATEMENT: My Vanity Table installation is about the illusion we create for acceptance in society. We all wear masks figuratively and literally. I created a vanity table to examine myself further, internally more so than outwardly. I wear a mask. My medium is make-up. It is about being in a daily masquerade, we attend this masquerade ball everyday silently as people. When I wear my make up, I feel like I am concealing part of myself to the world. I enjoy creating the illusion, it is like playing “dress up” but in a stylish way. I decided to go deeper than the facade and ask myself, am I truly happy with myself? What is the reason for the illusion? Particularly, when I am looking at my own reflection in the mirror. Our society often determines, what it means to be Beautiful before we do. Why do we allow it? I say embrace your Beauty inside and out. Own it. That’s what this installation is about owning your beauty. We are all beautiful! I say challenge society, to define what “Beauty” really is!
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