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