Recreate Your Values.

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Looking Away

Looking Away

Looking Away

Erin Smit

I wanted to create a piece that was a reaction to societal expectations. No matter who you are or where you are, expectations are placed on you from the day you are born. Of course, most expectations are there in the hopes of helping us become a better person or to learn and gain knowledge to become a new and wiser version of ourselves but as we get older, as we become more aware of everything around us, expectations can start to take a turn and enforce old fashioned values and toxic relationships. We get this from family members, people we meet and mainstream media in particular. Every day we see adverts, television shows and movies providing us with how society expects men, women and minorities to act – black men are aggressive and violent, women will go against each other for the attention of a man. To overcome this, we can look into ourselves and figure out our own expectations for ourselves and turning away from the pressures that outside sources can put on us, by doing this and looking away we are giving ourselves the power to be comfortable and happy within ourselves.

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Looking But Not Finding

Looking But Not Finding

Embers

Embers