Herself

Herself is an exploration of the social and cultural pressures that influence definitions of self. Through the use of dolls as an autobiographical medium, I invent multiple characterizations of myself that deal with the socialization of gender, adolescence, and the gawkiness of puberty. This set of dolls pulls from points in my personal history where, in balancing pressures from my family and peers, my sense of self was the most divided. Through the combination of portraiture and play, the work hints at the interiority of a fragmented self. Ultimately, through the process of deconstructing specific aspects of my experience, I hope to better understand the negotiation between the concept of self and the artificial constructions that aim to define it.