As part of Women’s History Month 2023, the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery presents the exhibition Perceive Me, comprised of a series of portraits commissioned by plus-size artist Kristine Schomaker and envisioned as a protest and to challenge the notions of body size and body image as construed by society and the art world. This project started in Los Angeles – a city under the shadow of a Hollywood industry that has historically placed unrealistic expectations and constraints on the female body. Schomaker invited 60 artists to portray her larger-than-average form in the nude, in some cases following the art tradition of figure drawing. Shifting away from the hurtful trappings of body-shaming, the artists honor and celebrate Schomaker’s voluptuous form in a variety of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, video and a 3D print. This exhibit will allow our students and guests to engage in interesting conversations about body image and stereotypes of the “ideal” female figure.
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