The Fleek Mystique

Posted on: May 5, 2016
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The Fleek Mystique is a series of discrete object made from altered and repurposed accessories. In the series I utilize a range of pop culture trends. The word Fleek, or being ├ó┬?┬?on fleek├ó┬?┬? is Internet slang that I defined as the act of being styled to perfection, especially in accordance with these popular trends.

In the works there are elements of synthetic beautification, celebration, and erosion. The figure is implied yet fragmented to visually provoke a feeling of contradiction.

Trap Queen
Insulation, plastic, fake nails and a wig
13" x 12" x 14"

Baby Girl's Got 4k Followers
Insulation, fake nails, lipstick, an OBEY hat and one fake eyelash
29" x 17" x 35"

Baby Girl's Got 4k Followers
Insulation, fake nails, lipstick, an OBEY hat and one fake eyelash
29" x 17" x 35"

Touch Up
Insulation, fake nails, and three shades of red lipstick
3.75" x 2" x 4.5"

Insulation, floral arrangement water beads, lipstick and fake nails
17" x 12.5" x 11.5"

Insulation, hair extensions and twinkle lights
24" x 24" x 10"

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Alyssa Freitas

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BFA Alumni

Major: Sculpture

Graduation Year: 2016

Artist Statement:

I explore the navigation from personal to public space. The exchange between people and technology is becoming increasingly complex. The way we comprehend objects is directly intertwined to how we understand ourselves as the human race. Focusing on the phenomena of social media provides a medium for me as an artist to communicate an array of conflicting emotions of both intimacy and isolation.

I approach this dichotomy through the action of collage where I collect materials to use in installation, video, photography and time based objects. This includes the combination of commercial products and personal displays. My focus is on high-traffic websites and personal spaces to enforce a place of uncertainty. Materials elements such as party decor, cheap clothing, and health and wellness supplies often repeated or digitally enhanced as a means of extending and collapsing spaces in order to communicate the potential of a new object to body relationship. My aim is to bluntly distort recognition both within and in response to Post-internet art.