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Women’s history class this year and the books that I read last summer lead me to contemplate womanhood and how expectations for women’s behavior and appearance have changed over time. Because of this, I chose to focus my artwork on examining ideas of the past and the evolution of femininity. I built in and around found objects. My materials included collage, acrylic paint, small plastic figurines, and papier-mâché. I used the found objects of a camera, a clock, and an old phone as a starting point. Through my art, I questioned the messages that are pushed about femininity and how those messages are shown to girls and women. I also wanted to take the “evolution” idea more literally with the assemblage sculpture that incorporates the phone. I was hoping to invoke the classic image used to show the process of evolution while using different women’s fashions instead of different species. I created these sculptures to demonstrate the concepts I was learning about this year in a more physical way, as well as work through my own feelings and ideas surrounding femininity.