Beauty Meets Art
My serious fan-girl crush on Refinery 29 UK took a massive leap last weekend with a trip to their exclusive POWERMOUTH Exhibition in collaboration with makeup God Nars.
Being such an exclusive event, I was ready to drop a sweat at the thought of not getting access but a higher power was on my side when a ‘you’re in’ type of email slipped into my inbox. Powermouth was an exclusive, female-led art exhibition in celebration of NARS’ latest product launch, Powermatte Lip Pigment which is an awesome product. Trust me I tried it and I need to get my hands on the ‘Slow Ride’ Shade – Almost the most perfect nude you’ve ever seen.
With makeup touch-ups by NARS PRO Makeup Artists throughout the day, POWERMOUTH By Nars x Refinery29 Exhibition was a beauty-meets-art event that was not to be missed.
The uniquely curated and forward thinking approach to beauty originated from five emerging female artists curated by Refinery29 and NARS Founder and Creative Director, François Nars.
With a mix of bold abstract art, audacious photography, captivating live installations, and vibrant portraitures, the thematic show will explore the ideas of power, strength, and self-expression.
Featuring female artists;
Daantje’s work goes against the grain to defy feminine ideals; she uses medium of photography to create powerful, arresting images, which celebrate the female form. The images are playful, abstract and interactive. Through the use of humour and provocation, Daantje explores and confronts views of women, encouraging the opening-up of conversation to challenge everyday restraints by society.
London based Natalia Stuyk is a digital artist who creates mesmerizing graphic compositions bursting with colour. Through manipulation of images, she creates standouthypnotic visuals, which capture and engage her audience. Citing nature as her main source of inspiration, Natalia regularly visits Southern Spain’s Tropical Coast where the vibrant and intense colours provide endless ideas for new work.
Romily Alice’s work focuses on contemporary feminism and it’s relation to the post-internet age. She questions modern society’s relationship with observation, gender hierarchies, pleasure and the female form. Romily’s conceptual installations are from her series ‘Neon Portraits’ a collection of work to celebrate the diversity of the female form, which began with anonymous women uploading nude ‘selfies’ through an online platform.
Splitting time between NYC & Los Angeles, Shae De Tar is a self-trained artist known for her hypnagogic, whimsy and dream-like art hand-painted photography, which provide a glimpse into a surreal utopia. Inspired by renaissance paintings, impressionism, post-impressionism, music and literature, Shae enhances her photographs with paint to colour-drench her images.
Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag based in Bristol. She has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam. She has been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, The Guardian, Blue Peter, Sky TV, Don’t Flop and TEDx.