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These Disturbing Female Portraits Juxtapose Violence with Glamor

 - Mar 13, 2012
References: bluecanvas & sweet-station
These talented yet disturbing female portraits by artist Amanda Elizabeth Joseph intricately combine seduction and grotesque into a series of remarkably compelling pictures. The illustrations feature young females adorned in sequins that appear to be drawing one's attention towards evidence of abuse and violence. The grim depiction surrounding areas of bruising or discoloring are juxtaposed by the intended glamor of dazzling sequins.

The conflicting impression one gets when looking at these depictions of brutalized female youth decorated with fashion-savvy accessories is both disconcerting and alluring. The artist's true talent can be witnessed through the detail within the young women's eyes, expressing a range of emotion from seductive sinister to terrified and appalled. These disturbing female portraits truly showcase Amanda Elizabeth Joseph's ability to entrance and shock her audience.