Web Gallery: Allyson Lubow


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I like to investigate representational conventions and the ways that traditions from contemporary culture affect me, as well as the way that they function in society. In my current project, Instilled Expectations, I am examining how rites of passage, associated with girls coming of age, install false expectation. Events, such as weddings and dances are looked forward to and expected to be life-altering days. From a very young age, women are exposed to ideals and desires that are unattainable in everyday life. Media plays a role in creating a fairytale view of femininity that women spend their entire lives searching for. I am showing the failed result of that search, the unrealized dream that is often overlooked.