The Overwhelming Illusion: An Observation of the 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl'

Christina Peterson - September 2023

September 1 - 30, 2023
Reception: Sun, September 10, 2:00 pm


The Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive artists to teach broodingly soulful young men (and women) to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. My collection of work touches on the idealistic (beauty) standards that are attributed to all women due to this phenomenon.

"Too many guys think I'm a concept, or I complete them, or I'm gonna make them alive. But I'm just a fucked-up girl who's lookin' for my own peace of mind; don't assign me yours." - Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


As a recent graduate of the Graphic Design and Illustration Program at MATC, I'm stoked to be launching into a career in the art world. I've been making art since as far back as I can remember, and I would use just about anything I could get my hands on to do it. I like to say there isn't a medium in the world that I wouldn't touch, and I think that reflects in my work. This series in particular is done completely with digital painting.

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