Iwamoto's work explores and challenges how marketing in consumer culture represents women and the influence this has on hegemony. The basis of her work is on how economic pressures subdue the rise of rebellion or a counter culture against social structures, such as the construction of feminine identity from images used in the media. These representations of women reinforce a gender dynamic where the female is subordinate to the male and constantly subject to objectification. The materials she works with are commodities made for women to use to fit into a narrow selection of feminine identities. She then subverts these materials in an effort of rebellion against gender constructs within a society where women are made to feel beauty is empowering. She aims to show that Western constructs of beauty are false, because they are subliminally in place to take away the sense of control over one’s own body by reinforcing anxieties about body image.

Aubrey Iwamoto's Thesis Exhibition took place in Medium Without Measure at the, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2012 where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.

Thesis Exhibition