Riasan Wajah Sebagai Bagian Gambar Diri

Bukan Sekadar Kewajiban atau Hasrat


  • Irene ChrysanthemeRoan Pea Gereja Kristen Indonesia




theological aesthetics, beauty [keindahan], makeup, self-image [gambar diri], Gestalt, Balthasar, existence, beauty [attractiveness], fragility, desire, self-image [citra tubuh], relativity


This paper discusses the image of the human body as an important existential component amid the totality of existence in its socio-communal construction. Body image is itself constructed upon one’s impressions, thoughts, feelings, and opinions about one’s own body. In light of the proliferation of beauty vlogger accounts on various social media platforms (YouTube and Instagram) demonstrating various makeup techniques for women, the author sets forth a reconstructive critique [kritik rekonstruksi] against the hustle-and-bustle of modernism that traps humanity within the assemblage of an industrialist-colonialist gaze that proclaimes makeup (facial cosmetics) to be constitutive for humanity’s self-image, particularly impacting women. The author argues that human persons are, in truth, creatures of beauty and worth in the authenticity of their self-image even without the aide of makeup, by considering the concept of ‘body image’ within the realm of psychology in addition to the theological aesthetic perspective of Hans Urs von Balthasar.


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Author Biography

Irene ChrysanthemeRoan Pea, Gereja Kristen Indonesia

Irene Chrysantheme Roan Pea (Renne) is an alumnae of Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Theologi Jakarta who is currently in the process for ordination at the synod of Gereja Kristen Indonesia. Her hobby is writing poems and her research interests are studies of pastoral counseling through physical visit and digital media, especially for young people. 


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How to Cite

Pea, I. C. . (2020). Riasan Wajah Sebagai Bagian Gambar Diri: Bukan Sekadar Kewajiban atau Hasrat. Indonesian Journal of Theology, 8(1), 42-61. https://doi.org/10.46567/ijt.v8i1.154