Maria Raquel Cochez
Maria’s work and investigations focus on the female existence within established concepts of beauty. Through a variety of media she discovers, exposes, and challenges aesthetic standards that create familiar archetypes, and presents visual realities that both invite and defy aesthetic expectations. Maria’s art records the damage that pervasive beauty canons and limited definitions of these create in a group and in an individual’s perception of body, beauty, and self-worth. Her exploration documents countervailing declarations of beauty and historical shifts in standards and their subjectivity. It also delves into a series of visual commonalities-- aesthetic systems within a class, culture, or social structure. In her immersive surveys of women within different social statuses, Maria observes the varying definitions of beauty that form collectively and organically, or are passed down inter-generationally despite prevailing global standards.