You Look Tired follows the many facets of social pressures women face as they age. The series is a visual representation of the comments others have made towards me, the associated feelings and thoughts derived by those comments, and my internal responses. From being told, “you look tired” when I felt completely rested, to the mass YouTube catalog of various anti-aging skincare routine videos. These videos kept me up at night trying to develop that perfect serum. To that one comment that made me feel too chunky and self-conscious to ever wear a certain dress on the dance floor again. And to the constant reminder from elders to procreate before my time is up.
Each image contains an object displayed as a purchasable product that encapsulates the associated pressure or annoyance obtained from said comment. The objects, be it a pillow, a spoon, or mounds of lotion and moisturizer are used to communicate the perceived idea of consumerism around youthfulness and perfection. These works not only display the anxieties around womanhood and beauty, but also package the anxieties in a retail therapy of buying fabricated happiness.