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Rachel Vogal

Rachel Vogel’s art is part of the Cedar Crest College Senior Art Exhibition, which will be displayed in the Lachaise Gallery in Miller Family Building through May 15. Her thoughts on the inspiration and motivation behind her work are below as the next in a series of brief articles on students participating in the exhibition.

“Women today are openly defined using common words in the dictionary. Positive words can create an impossible image to uphold; meanwhile, negative words can destroy any sense of self a woman might have. My work is a personal journey exploring some of the words used to describe women today. As I struggle to find ways to define myself that do not involve preconceived ideas generated by other people, I also reflect on how these words have defined me in my own work.

“Eleven Definitions of the Word Beauty is a body of work exploring how beauty is defined and expressed differently from person to person. Each doll is an example of how this definition of beauty has somehow caused women to deform their own bodies to meet impossible standards created by others. It also represents my own personal battle with wanting to meet these standards while recognizing that I never can.”

The Lachaise Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., as well as by appointment. For an appointment or additional information, contact Art Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.