Photographer and performance artist Ali Kheradyar uses her body and camera to explore perceptions of beauty and sculpture. In a series of large-scale, minimal photographic compositions shot in color, including Malibu Betty (2011), Kheradyar presented cropped portraits of her own pubic hair matted with Betty Hair Dye, a dye designed specifically for the pubic region. The artist says of the series, “I started asking a lot of questions: ‘What was this practice about? The commercialization of the female? Consumerism? Color? Challenging the male gaze, or partaking in female objectification?’” Kheradyar’s body art has been compared to the work of the late Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta.