Senior art student at Brown University Iris Behler has created a series of pieces that utilize the concept of hair removal to make a statement on standards of the socially constructed ideals of beauty.
Titled 'Attach//Detach,' the artist's chosen materials for this senior show include used wax strips that serve the function of painful hair removal for women. By placing the discarded strips on structures such as a fence and a mirror, Behler aims to inspire spectators to question the aspirational standards that women face today. Given the painful nature of waxing, Behler's work alludes to the adversities required to be a "beautiful woman."
After the initial shock that comes from the recognition of each piece's materials, it becomes clear that Attach//Detach by Iris Behler exploits change of conventional context to make a powerful statement on social constructs.