WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (2022)

There have been many discussions on what is beautiful and what is not. It has led to this work being inspired mainly by the idea of the beauty standard throughout time. The figure has elongated limbs, its legs are almost taller and more voluminous than the torso, yet the body is muscular. This juxtaposes between two bodies, yet the tallness in the arms becomes skinny as they go lower. You can purchase this art here in print or the whole item.

WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (2022)
WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (2022) by Joshua Obara Norwood


It is as though time changes, and we gain different opinions on what’s beautiful. But the question this work asks is, “Who decides what we should look like?” and “Why can’t we just be who we want to be?”. Its existence references the countless amounts of influencers on the internet (and prior) who push these standards. These “standards” lead to toxic problems like eating disorders or anxiety.

The standards must be pushed away and broken down. The word standard is substantial and pushing; it’s a somewhat abusive word, to more exact. It’s something that forces you to be a certain way. Therefore, combating the standards can result in the destruction of force and the triumph of freedom and choice.

The piece’s medium is in ballpoint pen, but there is also a charcoal version (in A3) of this artwork. What started as an idea is seemingly stretching out into becoming a series of works targeting the beauty standards of today’s world.

WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (CHARCOAL)

WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (CHARCOAL)
WHAT IS REALLY THE BEAUTY STANDARD? (CHARCOAL) (2022) by Joshua Obara Norwood

This is the much more defined and thought-out version of the original sketch though this is my process behind turning a sketch into a painting. Thus muscles are more defined and dark, and the body morphs outwards.

If you liked the pen work, you could check out my other works, like VISUAL ANGLE (2022).