Over the summer I responded to an art call from Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA), and was accepted into the show! 'Makeover!' honors the new direction of the BLAA Alliance, and will be held in Boston's gallery SubSamsøn, part of Samsøn Projects.
"The idea of the makeover often carries negative implications - unrealistic beauty standards and normative gender expression. Yet in the context of the LGBTQIA community, it might signal the ability to self-identify, to become the person you want to be. For BLAA's first exhibition of 2015, we are looking for work that explores the themes of metamorphosis and identity."
- Call for Art, Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance
In both paintings and photography, you can easily manipulate any aspect of the image to create something new and different, often 'fixing' things to make them more appealing to a viewer. In my photographs, I obscure my body, overlapping and morphing one body with the next, to change my shape, the image, and convey a sense of transformation. However, I did not touch-up my own body parts.
Working on so many photos of my own body, I’m put under the microscope. I now find I'm more accepting of myself, seeing the beauty captured through someone else's lens. I know that many photographers and artists have ventured into similar projects, photographing people’s bodies and parts to show the beauty within each of us, and I can say from a first-hand experience – no one needs to be retouched.
Join us for the show October 7th - 24th, 2015, with a reception on October 9th from 6-8pm! See the official press release, here. Add the event to your iCal and gCal, and join us on the Facebook event page and let us know you're coming!