Identity in the Panopticon
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Identity in the Panopticon is a series of six paintings that explore the formation of identity within a world dictated by social norms and ideas about how one is supposed to act. In some instances the works are autobiographical dealing with being a white passing multiracial individual and dealing with perceptions of femininity. This project looks at idealized femininity, ideal body image, as well as agency through fashion and self-expression. The paintings in this series look at the effects of the Panopticon. Specifically, how behavior is affected by surveillance and self-surveillance. This project looks at how social norms that modify behavior can oppress but at times also can be empowering. This series draws influence from feminist critiques of Surrealism and the ideology of separate spheres.