I want to be Beautiful

“Creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance”

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

I undertook the performative process of manipulating myself digitally, to create a ‘perfect’ body, a body that is anatomically impossible, but meets the standards set out by the beauty myth. I have utilised editing techniques that conceal my insecurities and perceived imperfections. Unlike the cosmetic and advertising industries, I have left clear signifiers as a simulacrum to beauty.

Denise Goldman
is a photographer and artist who graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA (Hons) in dance. After further artistic studies, she decided to focus her practice on photography. She utilises my body as a means for representation and reflection on social and political matters, as she did during her career as a dancer. Denise aims to create work that is driven by concept and research in order to provoke a response from her audience.