free exhibition

 Truth and beauty

an exhibition of new work by artist Phillippa Mills

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The Forum - University of Exeter

20th - 23rd February 2018 from 9am to 5pm

A new series of drawings and paintings in mixed media inspired by research at the University of Exeter will be shown in the Forum from 20th February to 23rd February 2018.

Phillippa Mills, a local Devon artist, has created a body of work inspired by research into the impact of social media on body image.

She has drawn on research published last year by PHD student Catherine Talbot which showed how social media messages often create unrealistic images of female beauty, and how young people internalise unobtainable body ideals communicated on internet platforms, including Instagram and twitter.

In a honest examination of what constitutes beauty today, Mills explores the darker side of the fashion industry and how skeletal images of models are celebrated and even encouraged.

Phillippa Mills, a Devon artist and illustrator, was working at the University of Exeter when she read Talbot’s research paper in the Journal of Eating Disorders on how young girls were posting photographs of themselves looking dangerously underweight in a trend described by Talbot as a form ‘social contagion.’

In this searingly honest examination of what constitutes beauty today, Mills explores the darker side of the fashion industry and how skeletal images of models are celebrated and even encouraged.

Her drawings and paintings reflect the anguish of young women, destroying their mental and physical health to become thin, and the body dissatisfaction felt by many young people today.  

Private view:  Monday 19th February 5-8.30 pm.  All welcome.

 

Image: ©Phillippa Mills