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).

VISUAL ANGLE (2022)

Visual Angle (2022) is a black and white ballpoint pen on-paper drawing or sketch with the subject of an abstract work. You can purchase this work in print or buy the entire sketch.

VISUAL ANGLE
VISUAL ANGLE (2022) by Joshua Obara Norwood

Inspired by my old attempts to recreate colouring books (though I have non published them!) I wanted to create a more detailed and filled-in version of one of them. Multiple patterns line the A5 sheet and spring their spirits out. The patterns give life and an abstract aesthetic to work.

White space fits the pattern “bubble” in the middle. Serving as a calm space. Letting the clustered region explode and be contained within itself. Thus juxtaposing itself.

I chose pen and paper as they were simply the only available tools. Sometimes you have to work with a minimum amount of tools which can bring a piece alive.

Unlike my other works, this one doesn’t have a standard interpretation. It is a world of its own and creates its own story with whoever views it. Though if it was hung in your room or a print on a wall, it could de-congest your space. This contrast may work in a larger room within the white space.