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Artist explores curse of the cover girl

By Katie Weiss

Elizabeth Grylls has created brightly coloured mock magazine posters for her Honours exhibition Elizabeth Grylls has created brightly coloured mock magazine posters for her Honours exhibition

A visual arts student has uncovered what lies beneath the glossy covers of magazines and presented these in her honours exhibition at Charles Darwin University.

Elizabeth Grylls said she was motivated to explore the ways magazines manipulated photos and promoted unachievable body expectations so that her young daughter would one day understand the issue.

Elizabeth created a series of brightly coloured mock magazine posters brandishing text and images that have been published in popular magazines for her exhibition, titled “We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking”.

“I want to let my daughter know that what you see in magazines is not always real,” she said.

“I want her to grow up to be a critical thinker.”

Elizabeth has challenged the traditional layout of a magazine cover by photographing magazine images of fashion models and placing them in unconventional positions on the posters. Some of these images have barcodes stamped on their foreheads or duct tape accross their faces.

She described the posters as “subversive magazine covers” because they aimed to expose the ways many mainstream fashion and celebrity magazines influenced their readers.

“The expectations of magazines are unachievable because they contradict themselves by wanting everyone to conform and look the same, but also to look unique or different,” she said.

The exhibition is being held at the Nan Giese Gallery at Casuarina campus until Thursday, 5 November by appointment, contacting Liz at E: lizgrylls29@gmail.com