February 23, 2012

Body Image Exhibition in the Fishbowl Gallery

Review by Carolyn Osorio , Theory, Criticism and History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)

Curran Banach, Chelsea, Film 
Body image, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s, is a subjective picture of one's own physical appearance established both by self-observation and by noting the reactions of others. Many of the artists currently displayed in the BODY IMAGE exhibit at the Fishbowl Gallery took the concept of body image and applied it to a person’s sense of self. This broader approach gives a wider range of artistic expression towards the concept of the self as a whole. While a sense of self and body image are two very different psychological focuses, they can often be interrelated. Body image deals directly with a person’s perception of their own physical body and their conclusions toward that body. The handouts and pamphlets of information scattering the tabletops of the Fishbowl gallery are noble and helpful insights into the world of body image for anyone interested in learning more.

Several artists focused in more thoroughly on body image specifically. Charlie Cole’s Ballerina shows the physical strain on the human body in the search to attain excellence. Most notable is Sharee Miller’s Statue of Obesity depicting a very voluptuous Statue of Liberty surrounded by fast food containers and holding high a (presumably extra-large diet) soda in place of her famous torch. This digital print addresses the changing body image structures of our society. The United States has obesity rates on the rise in all fifty states and a growing confliction amongst people’s ‘ideal’ body. Perceptions of the ideal body grow thinner everyday with the marketing of size 0 dresses and Victoria Secret models. Our perceptions of health and the body are drastically altering. Exhibitions like BODY IMAGE are a creative way to address our current perceptions on body image and weight.
Exhibition View

Exhibition Photos by Lauren Smith

This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing ccpdprograms@gmail.com for more information.

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