Objects Of Beauty 1992-5

Who can deny the power of a pair of hairdresser’s scissors, or the bewitching effect of a set of dark false eyelashes? These images raise questions about women’s pursuit of changing ideals of beauty and the meanings we attach to the objects themselves.

Some appear alongside tape measures, suggesting questions about ideal proportions. Others are chosen for the way they can change a body-shape, or even the way a woman walks. The apparent simplicity of the work belies its complex message.