My work is concerned with the lived experience of being FAT from a feminine perspective. An epidemic paradigm combined with Western Cultures history of dualistic thinking has aligned FAT with moral deficiency and is manifest in what is irrevocably know as the obesity epidemic. Such is the dread of FAT, which challenges the hegemony on multiple echelons that war has been declared and is endorsed by the medical and political community. Fat arguably represents overconsumption and has therefore made eating a public issue.
I seek to interrogate and renegotiate conventional ideas of beauty and FAT. What does it mean to live in a body that is perceived as disgusting? What does it mean to feel ok about being FAT? Through the materials, quantities and duration of process I have chosen to incorporate a deliberate tenderness and generosity in my work in respect of the viewers consideration, if they choose, to reflect on their own experiences in relation to FAT and its expected cultural disequilibrium’s. The materials I have used are ephemeral and operate as a prompt to contemplate an alternative perspective with regard to FAT.
This ideas are connected to a way of seeing, I believe, is necessary and implicit in culture as a tenet of our bodies and planet; if the world is a more respectful place that accepts diversity in all areas, including size, religion, weight, gender, ethnicity and sexuality – we all win.
The eradication of FAT is untenable; the increasing proportions of the population’s dimensions are an exacerbated response to a perceived blight and the ugliness of prejudice. Heterogeneous society does not require conformity. Through my art practice to I am able celebrate diversity, elevate the notion of enduring wellbeing, and endorse an alternative approach to the devastating phenomenon that is the obesity epidemic.