S H E W H O F O U N D G R A C E
In this new multimedia series I explore my determination to conquer my paralyze fear and achieve radical acceptance of death. With professional assistance, I achieved this goal with the revelation that although end of life is inevitable, in reality my body is slowly dying the longer I live. This was ground breaking for me; thus inspiring my ongoing intrigue concerning self-portraiture in order to convey this figurative narrative. Unlike conventional portraiture, in this series I integrate abstract trends in art (using macro optics), sculptures, and a 3-D stereograph installation that illustrate brazen images of my naked body – in states of grotesque – that document my physical transition caused by the aging process. Working against the male dominated history of idealized nude portraits of women, these images denounce marginalized dialogues about body shame and death. The playful pastel color scheme serves as a metaphor aimed to ease spectators’ psychological tension (methods used in Eastern cultures) manifested by their subjective perceptions of “beauty,” as they confront a physique amplified with imperfections.
My objective is to commence healthy discussions about dying and shift social tendency that transform the elder population into invisible marginalized clusters.