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Different for Girls: “Touch Your Mirror,” Reflects on Female Adolescence

March 15, 2020 | by Emily Rapport | New Art Examiner

In “Touch Your Mirror,” on view at EXTRA Projects in Logan Square through April 18, artists Jessica Frances Martin and Taylor Morgan delve into the secret world of the teenage mind. More specifically, the female teenage mind. In art history (and in popular culture), the male gaze often determines ideals of beauty which are absorbed as social norms. The standards may vary according to the preferences of the time but since popular culture embraced the advent of the American teenager in the 1950’s, the woman-child has been a staple. These two artists explore the internal and external transformation of youth as self-awareness shifts into more complex relationships between the individual and society.

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