Mediated: An Investigation of Print Media's Impact of Self

Rachel Hertzman


In the 21st Century print media is often overlooked for the masses of images available at everyone’s fingertips on the internet. This thesis is an exploration of the ways in which those original forms of mass produced images, specifically fashion/ beauty magazines and newspapers, alter one’s sense of self. The magazines have a proven negative effect on women consumers who internalize the singular thin beauty ideal persisted in this media. A similar internalization happens with the constant viewing of news papers, creating a sense of shared cultural memory. The Artist takes an in depth look at how these ideas have manifested in her work, and the process of altering her practice from two separate interests in painting and collage into a mixed media exploration of media’s lasting impact on our contemporary population.