I was DJing on Saturday night so obviously I needed to wear a lobster galaxy bikini.
Sueño vivir en la playa, amo el calor, el sol, la arena….
But how do young fat people feel, as they walk past the shop’s Santa the Hutt display… What will they think about their future place in society, when they see people lining up next to a caricature of a fat figure?
Article in the San Francisco Weekly by Marilyn Wann about the Santa the Hutt store-window display.
Such a fine looking funny guy. Look him up on YouTube… great stuff.
The commonly held belief that obese people can simply decide to eat less and exercise more to control their weight is “at odds with substantial scientific evidence illuminating a precise and powerful biological system that maintains body weight within a relatively narrow range (10-20 pounds),” [said obesity researcher Dr. Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at Rockefeller University.] Fat people are victimized by a social stigma predicated on these myths, he wrote in a 2004 issue of Nature Medicine. Our body shapes and sizes are, to a most significant extent, genetically determined. “The heritability of obesity is equivalent to that of height and greater than that of almost every other condition that has been studied,” said Dr. Friedman. Someone genetically predisposed to obesity will become obese independent of their caloric intake, he explains.
Woman holding a bison horn, from Laussel, France, ca. 25,000-20,000 BCE. Painted limestone, 1’ 6” high. This is one of the oldest known relief sculptures, and depicts a woman who holds a bison horn and whose left arm draws attention to her belly. Scholars continue to debate the meaning of the gesture and the horn.
The Laussel woman is one of the earliest relief sculptures known. The sculptor employed a stone chisel to cut into the relatively flat surface of a large rock and create an image that projects from its background. Today the relief is exhibited in a museum, divorced from its original context, a detached piece of what once was a much more imposing monument. When the relief was discovered, the Laussel woman was part of a great stone block that measured about 140 cubic feet.
The carved block stood in the open air in front of a Paleolithic rock shelter. Rock shelters were a common type of dwelling for early humans, along with huts and the mouths of caves. The Laussel relief is one of many examples of open-air art in the Old Stone Age. The popular notions that early humans dwelled exclusively in caves and that all Paleolithic art comes from mysterious dark caves are false.
-Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I.
Courtesy & currently located at the Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France. Photos taken by Wiki Commons user 120.
For Nona Faustine the restitution of her sense of wholeness as an African American woman and artist manifests in the guise of a restoration of the past, emphasis on guise. Although we see her marching up the steps of City Hall in Manhattan with nothing on but her white Sunday shoes and a pair of shackles in her left hand…she is not really trying to restore anything. It took me a while to realize it.
Her on-going photography and installation project Reconstructions is precisely that – reconstructions that attempt to replace something that was lost in the history of Blacks in America. This should not be confused with an attempt to relive the past through reenactment. Faustine’s images are more are like markers that indicate a place, an institution, an event or a person so that with her presence on that spot she does not merely remember them for the sake of remembering, she rewrites a new history for them. There on the steps of City Hall’s Renaissance Revival facade that abuts a slave burial ground or standing on her soap box at the intersection of Water and Wall Streets where a market once trafficked in humans, she is the fearless daughter of them all, the new Venus of Willendorf reborn to reconstruct a history, the ultimate act of fecundity.
Faustine easily acknowledges the impossibility of getting at what is essential with this task she has set for herself, because to reconstruct a history is an altogether different action than to restore one. Hers is not an attempt to historicize the present but to re-write the past. She did the research, discovered who bought and sold black slaves in colonial New York, and where, and how they were transported in and out of the city. But there is no Aushwitz or Treblinka for the victims of slavery in America despite the common knowledge that an estimated 10-12 million Africans died in the Middle Passage alone, and countless others succumbed to starvation, physical abuse and disease once on these shores. In a way the images function as memorials that she makes herself, one at a time, with her body, the naked truth of its blackness braced against a cold city, reconstructing a narrative where the enslaved has dignity and is not afraid.
This is my thesis semester work, Peepshow, a series of self portraits in acrylics.
Although I have a fancy artist statement full of art school jargon, it all sums down to this series being about how all woman have the right to be beautiful, to feel sexy, and that their bodies are not wrong.
All of this art is for sale, and I do take commissions!
Photos by Holli G Photography.
Today was the first day in awhile I didn’t feel completely consumed by this dark abyss that’s seems to have swallowed me whole.
My mind, my body, everything, I won’t ever let myself judge again. For it is those judgements, those thoughts, those negative feelings toward myself that bring me so far away from where I’ve already come. I must remember to love myself, even when it seems so far away.
I can’t forget:
In the face of Oneness, judgement seems meaningless.
In the face of Oneness, Love seems endless.
I really didn’t have enough time today to do my hair, oh well. Today is my moms birthday, so I was trying a little to make myself look pretty today.
Megababe Shannon Shaw stopped by our store recently and picked up this adorable one-of-a-kind coat designed by our owner, Rachel. Cute as a freaking button, no?
We have a similar coat on our website here: http://www.redressnyc.com/pre-order-millie-coat/plus-size-vintage-coat or come see us in store at 2678 W. 14th St. in Cleveland, Ohio for more!
Shannon Shaw <3