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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Seventeen July 2013 (detail)

Work / Art

Art: Kelly Kristin Jones’ collages remap representation in women’s magazines

Now it’s not what you think, nobody has thrown their hole-punch from their desk in a fit of stationery-centred pique; Kelly Kristin Jones’ circular collage studies are far more interesting than that. Her new project Skinned takes a look at the distribution and representation of various skin tones and colours in print media. By cutting a circle from each skin tone featured in both the adverts and content of popular women’s magazines – with the size of the circle to corresponding to the size of the body or body part featured – Kelly remaps the way the media views race and skin colour. The intriguing collages which result from this experiment offer a new perspective on the representation of who is included and what is beautiful in popular media, setting a match to the quietly smouldering debate about racial prejudice and inclusivity with a series of curiously beautiful images.

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Vogue July 2013

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Vogue July 2013 (detail)

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Vanity Fair July 2013

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Vanity Fair July 2013 (detail)

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Town and Country, July 2013

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Town and Country, July 2013 (detail)

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Glamour, July 2013

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Glamour, July 2013 (detail)

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Seventeen, July 2013

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Seventeen, July 2013 (detail)

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Ebony, July 2013

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Kelly Kristin Jones: Skinned, Ebony, July 2013 (detail)