body image

Shackled

 

I live some aspects of my life according to unhelpful messages from my parents and my anxieties, rather than as nature and free spirit intended. I am increasingly aware of these things and their impact upon me. I created this image to express the sense of being constrained and shackled. The image makes me feel angry and sad.

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Accepting Me

This piece is about touching and being with difficult feelings around the shape of my body, in order to help my relationship with and my acceptance of, my physical self as I am. In order to create this image I first took a photograph of myself wearing a clingy dress. I then traced the outline of my silhouette and transferred it to the canvas before painting it in. I didn’t use any further detail in this image because it was about being with the shape of my body and nothing else. The background is a warm yellow as a contrast and because I like strong warm colours. I was faced with anxiety in looking at the picture, drawing round the silhouette and with painting in the silhouette. Looking at and touching the finished picture generates anxiety. The thought of sharing this picture is what invokes the most anxiety.

I created this picture earlier this year but have only now felt ready to share it. I think creating an image depicting an anxiety provoking situation is a good way to work with difficult feelings, but it is important to have support available when doing this sort of work.

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Imagination Versus Reality

 

Issues around body shape affect many people. Either of the figures illustrated can be imagination or reality. Some imagine themselves to be different to how they actually are. Some wish to be different to how they actually are. Acceptance of myself and of life in general is something I am working on through my art work.

 

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