A contemporary take on the idealization of beauty. Beauty once inspired artists to create great works of art and immortalize their muses in stone, bronze, paintings and tapestries. Today we are living in a self obsessed culture made so easily captured with our smartphones leaving modern society subject to the addiction of the immortalized self. 

This piece is based on the classic statue but has been given a contemporary turn.  Is this handheld smartphone making us addicts to a false image of self and obsessed with our own vanity. Or is it the reverse? A mirror for us to see our own beauty and share it with the world. The statue is a marble replica/ exact reproduction of the infamous Bertal Thorvaldsen’s "Eve Holding an Apple". Self generated, self curated content is created then shared across multiple digital channels to an endless audience.

In the original work, the apple Venus is holding is from a beauty competition where she was told she was the most beautiful goddess in all of the world. By replacing the apple with a smartphone the same idea holds true. Is this act a conceded moment, or a search for self-awareness?  Today many people share intimacy through technology. This in itself could be looked at as a sexual revolution. The young people of today are not afraid to bare themselves and live in the divine inspiration that is their body. For a long period we've been told to keep it hidden from others. But now we can share it with the world at the touch of a button.

Immortalization of Self (Venus Holding an iPhone)