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Beauty is only skin deep

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  • Beauty is Only Skin Deep.
    Proverb. First found in the work by Sir Thomas Overbury's, 1613:
    "All the carnall beauty of my wife, Is but skin deep."
  • This project is part of a workshop that was held in our university: The Lebanese Academy Of Fine Arts. Each group of students started by picking a random word out of a book. After that, we had to use that noun to come up with a concept  that would help us construct a typographical installation that would fade away naturally with time. 
    "Detergent" was the name that stuck with us. As a starting point we tried cleaning random places around the university so that we could try and write the word using deteregents. But sadly the walls weren't dirty enough. (ironic right?) We then chose the other option: To dirty the place up! We did several experiments and discovered that vinegar left a pretty visually intriguing  organic trace. But writing "Detergent" with vinegar was a bit shallow. We then decided to push our concept further and use another noun, and this time our closed eyes led us to "Beauty".
    By mixing sugar with vinegar we ended up with a very cool hardened texture that glistened under the sun rays. The definition of beauty that is dictated by today's society is superficial and damaging to almost everyone on this planet. What better way to criticize our decaying vision then by writing the word with a staining ingredient, that is going to fade over time and attract a big number of insects to feast on it. 
    We even drew a comparison to plastic surgery thanks to media we used to cover up the letters in order to be able to finalize this project. (Check the revealing video.)
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