Some of us write long papers over J-term, some dive into entrepreneurship, some build Japanese boats, some do barely anything at all, and some create really, really impressive art. Milou Lammers ’15, Sally Caruso ‘15.5, Jane McCabe ’15 and Kate Leib ’16 are three Midd students that made art, and it’s art you’re definitely going to want to see.
While these four women are constantly creating outstanding artistic productions at Midd, their all upperclassmen now, aka the creme of the crop, and have had an entire month to devote themselves entirely to their artistic endeavors. We’d expect no less than excellence anyways, but we can be confident this show will be particularly engaging. The artists themselves titled the event “One’s Lonely, Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd, and Four’s a Party?” and explain “We actually expect you all to come – there may be some guest appearances from artists like Jenny from the Block and Nicki Minaj – but we can’t make any promises.” The show will be Thursday evening from 5-7 in the Johnson Gallery, but no worries, we’ll remind you again tomorrow.
Today, in anticipation of the show, we’ve asked Milou to give us a little more background on the art she created this J-term. A preview of Milou’s work is featured above, and as you can see her photography namely focused on black and white silhouettes of various women’s bodies, unfiltered, imperfect, and simultaneously completely perfect as they may be. Come see Milou’s art tomorrow and learn more, and for now, read up on Milou’s fascinating description of her artistic process:
Body image is not something we talk about. Sure you might tell your friends that you started a new fad diet or a new kick ass regiment in the gym, but no one ever says “hey, when I look in the mirror I see these imperfections that dictate how I feel about myself.” But hey I have those imperfections and when I look in the mirror I see them, I judge them, and I do not love them.
That being said, I am trying to change how I feel about myself and how others see themselves through my photography project “Body Image.” By taking silhouetted images in a self-constructed light box, my models pose in positions in which they feel uncomfortable in, in which they have been criticized on, or in which they feel that they look unattractive. During the photo shoot I try to have a conversation with each model about the poses and ask they why they do not feel beautiful or empowered in these uncomfortable or awkward positions. Towards the end of each photo shoot I ask each model to pose in positions in which they feel strong, powerful, and present. Finally after each photo shoot I go through the images with the model and ask them how it feels to see the silhouette of their body.
Overwhelmingly – out of the ten models that I photographed this J-Term, they all said that it was weird to see their bodies in a more objective perspective. With these photographs they saw the outline of their bodies without the reflection of their flaws.
This project has been very uplifting and inspiring for me – no, I have not cured all of my body image issues, but I have found that by starting a conversation about body image with a friend, a family member, an acquaintance, or a stranger, I have begun to heal – I am looking at myself and others differently – I am beginning to feel more and more comfortable in my skin and in my body.
Who knows maybe if we work together, we might be able to change how students feel about themselves on our campus if we begin a conversation about body image.
Because let’s face – we are all beautiful.
Please come to the J-Term Art Show on Thursday January 29 from 5-7pm in the Johnson Gallery 308 to see my project and give me your input. We would all love your support!
– Milou Lammers ‘15