Abilities of Beauty




Werchan, Hannah

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My process of meticulously handcrafted realism drawings and the context of being a young disabled woman examines the ability to find empowerment in oneself through beauty. Philosopher Denis Dutton describes beauty as a characteristic of Darwinian theory and a tool of survival. Through my self portraiture series, Abilities of Beauty, I’m focusing on the different versions of oneself and using beauty as a coping mechanism and means of survival to find empowerment in life’s circumstances. I explore ideas of using beauty, vanity, and materiality to build self empowerment and how the dichotomy related to me as an artist living with disabilities being able to use a laborious process to create a beautiful product can evoke feelings of empowerment. The goal of this project is to explore the ways we describe, interpret, and execute beauty and additionally drawn to such things.


Creative Arts and Research Symposium
Creative Arts and Research Symposium