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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Isabella La Rocca

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: Midwest

2014 Caucus Application Portfolio

My work is part of a long tradition in photography to bring to light and find beauty in that which is disregarded - hidden, unconscious, commonplace, distasteful - with integrity and compassion.

These images represent a series of ten sculptural plaster pieces that are cast from a mold of my face. Silver prints, also self-portraits, have been painted and affixed to the surface of the mask using a technique called decoupage so that the surface is smooth and seamless. Each piece is embellished with a headpiece as well as a plastic plaque that hangs from chains bearing the title of the piece. The masks are non-functional; they cannot be worn. These pieces are intended to bring to light and make light of stereotypes about women found mostly in Western culture but also reflective of other cultures. It is my aim to connect these often subconscious beliefs with conscious expression.

Hell Hath No Fury

Behind Every Good Man

Femme Fatale

Sugar and Spice

Never Too Thin or Too Rich

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