Artist Statement

I am fat. 

It always shocks people when I say this.  They rush to tell me that I am not, that I am beautiful, or sometimes that I am some other more socially acceptable word for fat.  My fatness might make them a little uncomfortable, but my brazen acknowledgement (and acceptance) of it blows their mind, especially since I state it as fact.

As someone who is both taller and heavier than the average American woman I have always been acutely aware that I take up way more physical space then is deemed appropriate by contemporary feminine beauty standards. Comments about my weight and physical appearance, and how to improve it, are a regular occurrence.  The suggestion is always that somehow in losing parts of myself I could become more. 

The pressure to conform to the perceived norm that is represented not only in the media, but also within our own cultures and class structures becomes internalized and the ways in which we see ourselves can become incredibly skewed.  Through self-imposed practices and body rituals the objects that once bound us physically now are unseen, and yet, the bindings are stronger than ever.

The work I create focuses on altering the narrative in two ways: by changing how we see ourselves and how we talk about all bodies. I have two simple goals as a creator: the first is to show people how wonderful, interesting, complex, and amazing every single body is, and that every body has worth. Secondly, is to help those I work with to re-contextualize the experience with their own body and self-image in a positive way.

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