In her Peacocks series artist Laurel Roth, a former park ranger, uses fake fingernails, nail polish, barrettes, false eyelashes, and Swarovski crystals as her medium. “My work juxtaposes traditional craft and artisanal techniques with non-traditional materials to examine mankind’s drive to modify itself as well as its environment,” she explains. “By playing with the convergence of biology and product design to create new cultural artifacts, I try to question social constructions of need, design, and individual desire.” Click through to view more pretty peacocks.
Beholder, 2010. Mixed media including fake fingernails, nail polish, barrettes, false eyelashes, jewelry, walnut, Swarovski crystal. 24 x 36 x 59″.
Beholder (detail), 2010.
Beloved (detail), 2007. Fake fingernails, false eyelashes, barrettes, dimestore jewelry, wood, pewter, Swarovski crystal, nail polish. 36″ x 12″ x 12″.