Elisabeth Walden

For nearly 10 years my artwork has focused on representing my own fat, female body in drawing, painting and printmaking. This interest in reimagining fatness has lead me to ceramics, specifically hand building figurative planters and vases depicting fat bodies. This practice has enabled me to expand on the issues of identity, representation and beauty that I have grappled with in my previous work beyond the limitation of my own specific bodily experiences. The diversity of body forms found in these sculptures, though often ambiguous or abstracted in their gender and racial representation, come from specific observation of fat bodies, both my own and others. The value these planters have as functional and decorative objects, as well as their tenderness and humor, are in tension with our cultural ideas about fat and otherwise marginalized bodies. I hope this work causes the viewer to reconsider their ideas about beauty, and to build their empathy for fat people.

12″ x 12″ x 12″

8″ x 12″ x 12″

6″ x 4″ x 5″

Ceramic   Mixed Media 2D    Printmaking
Community: 1
Studio Number: 6
(914) 471-0679 | elisabeth.b.walden@gmail.com
Website: http://www.elisabethwalden.com
Facebook: Elisabeth Walden
Twitter: @reimaginefat


Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Address: 12992 SE Rusk Rd Milwaukie, OR, 97222, USA


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