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In Hirsute Heroines, a series of illustrations by Hayley Blatte, the passive pinup girl is turned on its head transforming the cliched manicured muse into a dynamic diva. These deceptively simple pencil drawings combine elements of glamour and fantasy with the "grotesque" and "taboo," raising questions of female beauty and identity in the modern Western world.
Hayley Blatte is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, sculptor and performance artist. Her work examines the social and cultural constructs of gender identity by reappropriating elements of classic American iconography including flags, handmade quilts, military uniforms and pin up girls. Hayley was born and raised in New York City and received her BFA in Fine Art from CalArts in 2008. Since graduating, she has assisted artists, fashion designers, and stylists including Narcissister, Todd Cole, Mordekai, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren Hosiery, and Marc Jacobs. She is currently part of Nothing Space, an Art Collective based in Bushwick.
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