Artist Statement (Mary Tres): As a stylist and model, my work explores absolute control over my physical appearance and the power of perception upon completion of imagery. This photo series documents the ease of character creation and the longing to be truly seen. I internally question whether my truth lies in editorial hair and makeup; completely washed off and barebone; or rather, I’m simultaneously swimming between the two. As Kait specializes in film photography, I knew this quality would add an air of melancholy to the images. Thus, we challenge the viewer to empathize with this disheartened female figure while presenting her in the nude; a quality still highly sexualized by media.