As I had mentioned in my previous post, I have been working on a piece for an art show hosted by Light Grey Art Lab, based around the theme of "camouflage". This really resonated with me on so many levels and I could not be more excited to share the outcome.
Based on the greek proverb, "From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn", this piece illuminates the phenomena of trying to "fit in". As I gain dynamic experiences and meet new people, I often wonder why it is that we do some of the things we do each day, to mask what we consider to be our flaws. I am 100% guilty of this. I have gone through the turmoils of body shaming, myself and being overly critical of my natural born looks. My daily choice in outfits and make up routine, was purely based on covering up and hiding parts of me that I wanted to draw attention away from, in hopes that I would appear more acceptable. Growing up, I let the ideals of others around me, become the only truth and ultimately gave their opinions leeway to cloud my personal truth. The truth was that I would never be able to measure up to "perfect". My personal battle with my self esteem took several hard turns and spiralled faster than I was able to bring myself up again.
Several years later I realized that the idea of "perfect", is just a facade. I understand now that "perfect" is a subjective word that is used to express an immaculately satisfying experience, from various stimuli. I knew I had to change directions within my personal narrative. I grew to learn to see myself with kinder, forgiving and loving eyes. I learned to get to know myself and what makes me an awesome addition to the world. I got to know me and I have genuinely come love who I am.
What this greek proverb has illuminated for me is that from all flaws and imperfections, beauty can be discovered and within all perfections or seemingly flawlessness, imperfections can also be discovered.
It all comes down to perspective.
As a society, we mask our flaws to imitate what "perfect" means to us, as a way to blend in and protect ourselves from judgement. Little do we realize it is within this act, that we nurture this vulnerability, which inhibits us from embracing and loving our uniquely beautiful selves.
We were born to shine bright as different coloured lights.
Frame is 5x28”
Materials: sculpey, spray paint, sterling silver
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