A BODY OF ARTISTS AND THEIR BODIES AT WORK
Crazy Wisdom Book Store’s quarterly publication has a fabulous article about myself and 3 other women who do creative work around body issues, self esteem and size acceptance. Written by Syndy Sweeney, I am honored to have been invited to be part of this wonderful group of women and of course to have my story and my work highlighted in such a beautiful way for the community to learn about.
I often feel like I’m working in a vacuum, people you think know what you have been doing don’t really have a clue…you send out press releases…put yourself out there publicly in exhibitions and in social networking websites and when your message does not follow the majority’s beliefs, it’s like yelling in a sound proof booth. I am always sure that the reason I don’t get my work in certain exhibitions is because the curators don’t believe what I am saying, they don’t want to! My message is not universally accepted and even though the Art World loves to step on people’s toes and piss the viewers off, there are some things that seem to be too hard to swallow even for them. Nobody wants to accept that diets do the total opposite to what they were intended to do, and that all that money that we have put into it, all the scientific research, everything we have been told is wrong and our quest for body beautiful is totally pointless and a waste of time and money.
It is so wonderful to have such an outstanding platform to help me spread the message that most people just want to ignore. It’s okay to be fat, happy, productive and successful and chasing ridiculous beauty standards and erroneous medical information all these years has been a massive waste of our resources, personal, environmental, social, spiritual, well in every way shape or form.
We all get old, whether we are thin or fat, we all die eventually no matter what size we are, and thin people can be as depressed and weight obsessed as fat people, have diabetes and heart conditions, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and cancer. We need to start living our lives now in the bodies we have and stop waiting for the perfect number on a scale or size on a rack. Please check out my Press Page to read my story on this blog. If it rings true to you and you are still on that crazy diet merry-go-round…STOP, send my your diet books and start to listen to your own body again. It has the answers, Oprah and Dr. OZ do not.
Happy New Year to all of you…and Happy Birthday to me!!! 52 and I’m not going to make a commitment to be a certain weight by the time I’m 53, 54 or 55, I’m going to enjoy my life now, at this weight, in this body, and with this level of energy.