© 2019 kristen mallia

Gendered Edits: The Performative Selfie

iPhone / iPad Self-Portraits, Modified w| Meitu App + Digital Illustration

2019 — Ongoing



Gendered Edits: The Performative Selfie is a series of digital self-portraits built entirely on an iPhone / iPad. Body modification takes place in the Meitu app which allows one to alter facial features, manipulate skin and eye color, and morph body shape. Each selfie is then dressed using basic device image editing. These digital alterations and illustrated layers create a costume, allowing me to shed my identity and share this altered-ego in a public sphere, specifically in my Instagram feed. The embellished features, layers of manipulation and concealment, and dramatic caption titling complete the Instagram performance. This series is on-going (@fireballdelicious)