Isabel Magowan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She's received her BA in history from Wesleyan University and went on to graduate from Yale with her MFA in photography in 2015. She is confounded and fascinated by the connection between identity and materiality, loss and desire. Magowan has found refuge and a place for expression through art by creating visual images that allow her the freedom to speak about societal obligation, expectations, and isolation. Her work has been influenced by her youth as a pre professional ballet dancer and historically anxious and obsessive child. The artist has always been drawn to unsettling and psychology contradictory social interactions and subjects: the impossibility of any one individual to ever sincerely achieve an intimate connection with another, and the ironies generated by the ways we seek to cover up this fundamental reality. We are less interested in knowing ourselves than we are in projecting a perception of self-worth that fulfills a generic category of what success resembles. Her background as a young performer has highlighted the ways in which at a young age we learn to identify ourselves with what we do and how well we do it. Our sense of worth is inherently evaluated through a society that teaches us that anything less than best is of negligible importance. With such unrealistic expectations placed as the bar for self-worth, the very real fear of failure looms large.