My practice has always concerned the imperfections of design, this notion has fed through to my Master’s Project which focuses on selfies.
My Master’s Project reflects the ‘Generation Z’ society that we’re living in, full of snapshots of ourselves that are perfected. However, life itself isn’t perfected, and for me, this has been an important message that I want to provoke throughout my work. No one knows what lies beneath the selfie, the true image of us and the emotions it holds. It’s important that we start to question the selfie and its existence as a self-portrait.
The ‘Selfie’ focuses on the fake emotionless life behind the image and the realisation that the selfie isn’t new, it’s self-portraiture that’s evolved due to social media. Drawing on a phenomenological approach and reflecting off self-portraiture artists, such as; Andy Warhol with his use of film photography and structure in his photographs has inspired me throughout this project, as well as contemporary practitioners such as Rankin and Cindy Sherman who have manipulated their imagery digitally and have found a presence for it on social media. I have also looked at the phone as a mirror – using Lacan’s theory, which has also evolved due to technology.
In 2017 I completed my studies at Cambridge School of Art where I was awarded the CPL Award for Creativity for my project regarding relationships with our bodies, which can be seen at www.shannonquirke.com