Radical Acceptance: The Breast Portrait Project

In a culture that bombards us with unnatural, ridiculously airbrushed and Photoshopped female body images on magazine covers and billboards, it’s refreshing to see realistic portrayals of what we women really look like. It’s more than just refreshing. It’s liberating and triumphant, empathetic and compelling.

I am immensely proud of my dear friend Clarity Haynes, a Brooklyn-based artist, and her ambitious art venture called “The Breast Portrait Project”. Her upcoming solo exhibition at Tabla Rasa Gallery in February is an event I’m really looking forward to. I am one of Clarity’s models, but her painting of my torso is not quite finished yet. One or two more sessions should do it.

The video linked below is directed by Martha Shane. It is wonderfully done, very inspiring, and Clarity speaks so eloquently about her vision. I don’t appear in this video, but several of Clarity’s other extraordinary models can be seen – women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors, some the indomitable survivors of mastectomies and other surgeries. I am most struck by the demeanors and expressions of the models. Observe and you will see them brimming with confidence, contentment, smiles, and dignity. They are glowing in their natural physical selves.

The video embed I had posted previously wasn’t working properly. So instead watch it here:

Radical Acceptance: The Breast Portrait Project by Clarity Haynes – Kickstarter

Also check out “The Breast Portrait Project” on Facebook. Go Clarity! 🙂

7 thoughts on “Radical Acceptance: The Breast Portrait Project

  1. good video- definitely gonna see the show next year

  2. Fred says:

    I love this project! Clarity (perfect name for her) really shows how the artist’s way of looking can reveal the beauty where those looking with conventional judgmental eyes might not see it. Clarity sees her subjects with both objectivity and love,

    You said you don’t appear in this video, but I think you do! When she’s paging through the scrapbook, one of the pages looks like you.

    • artmodel says:


      You and my Mom both noticed that! Yes, that is my journal page/picture. I meant I wasn’t seen in the video during a posing session with Clarity or the painting itself. Good observation about the book, though! And wonderful comments about the project. Thanks Fred.


  3. Fred,

    you’re right, that is Claudia in one of the pictures in the book! 🙂
    Claudia has been so great to work with and has become a dear friend as well. She is so positive, supportive, fun, and eloquent, as we can see here on her blog!
    Thanks, Claudia! xox Clarity

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