THE BEAUTY IN THE UN-BEAUTIFUL

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I have always erred on the side of observation— admiring the diversity of the world every day, as well as the diversity of people and their experiences. Human beings are incredibly interesting and complex creatures; the physical existence of humans is intriguing because we are all so different. We are a mosaic of different body types and shapes, different skin colors, and different experiences and world views.

The way that I choose to investigate this curiosity of mine is by painting the human figure and addressing the social phenomenon of body insecurity. My work draws attention to bodily insecurities in a way opposite to how models may be photoshopped to be perfectly smooth and free of cellulite and skin discoloration. I continually challenge my own internal conflict as well as the societal conflict of what makes a “beautiful” body.

How do we define beauty as a society? Why do we have to define beauty? Why have we been taught to see natural occurrences as features that should be concealed?

"Disproportionate All Over"

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18"x36" Oil on Canvas

A quote from the subject, edited for clarity;

"I first noticed my stomach getting bigger as I spent time away at college. I used to be a very active runner, but the stress of college and various mental health diagnoses meant that physical exercise just didn’t happen as much. Over time this developed into disordered eating, and a hatred of that part of me. To me, when I look in the mirror I see someone who looks a few months pregnant, and disproportionate all over. I’ve struggled to look at myself without clothing, even just in underwear, to this day. Working with my therapist and loved ones is what has been helping, and trying to change my mindset on what beautiful looks like."

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