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Serena Cole Paints Saint-Like Fashion Portraits

 - May 21, 2010
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Serena Cole is a painter that, through her art, aims to question the saint-like status we've given to models in fashion magazines. Her subjects often have mournful faces, which reflect Cole's end of examining “the strange double-edged sword of being wanted.”

Don't be fooled by her intellectual mission, the work Serena Cole is hauntingly beautiful from the immaculate technique to the floating portraits, and the copper and gold leaf materials that she incorporates.

Implications - NO US OUR OR WE

Tired of the cookie cuter models and figures we thoughtlessly accept as the definition of beauty and perfection, Cole's portraits are a play on the unrealistic nature of these standards. Claiming that sometimes these women are so strange looking that they hardly look like they're from the same species, Cole's saints are a metaphor for the tragic way in which we idolize the unattainable.