July 25, 2017

Painting your stretch marks.

"This started a stage in my artistic career where I began to show every aesthetic pressure that against women and non-normative bodies," says Tort CartrĂ³. "Maybe that inspiration led me to transform stretch marks into art, to work with colour and have the ability to make people reflect on the beauty that they have."

AND: Let me front-page something I just wrote in the comments: "Deciding that stretch marks are beautiful strikes me as pretty similar to coming to think that tattoos look good all over a woman's arms and shoulders. Do we want unmarked skin or not? Does a blank expanse of skin look too plain to people now?"

21 comments:

dustbunny said...

21 yr olds have stretch marks?

EDH said...

I knew a kid whose beer belly grew so fast he had atrocious red and blue stretch marks all across his abdomen.

We used to call him "T-Map" because it looked like the subway map for the MBTA.

n.n said...

In the necrotic vein of go along to get along... with your body, people will just stop trying, striving.

Let's open the abortion chambers and celebrate the "stretch marks". Progress takes an ever progressive turn to navel gazing.

David Begley said...

Better than tats, I guess.

Bob Boyd said...

Herein lies the heart and soul of the art industry in our time.

The Cracker Emcee Activist said...

There are some links that will remain terra incognita in the Cracker internet atlas. This is one of them.

tcrosse said...

My wife's dumpy cousin had gone to some sort of body-awareness seminar. One of the exercises was to make a plaster cast of her considerable torso. In a moment of fun (I like fun) I suggested she use it as a Jello mold. And for her wedding reception, by God, she did: Lime Jello with cottage cheese and little marshmallows, not for the squeamish.

Henry said...

That's a lot of jello.

YoungHegelian said...

"Loving yourself is a revolutionary act," she continues.

Marx thought that Hegelian Idealism, & philosophy in general, was "mental masturbation".

Now, we've come so far in post-revolutionary consciousness that vanity, which is truly mental masturbation, is considered a "revolutionary act".

So, how long before we get put into gulags for not loving ourselves enough? "But, comrade, I'm whacking off as hard as I can!" "Comrade, if you consider base onanism to be the same as loving yourself you truly misunderstand the Party Line in all its profundity!".

Laura said...

Aesthetic pressure against women and non-normative bodies is for the most part subsidized by women. If magazines featuring "normative" bodies suddenly did not sell, or fashion products found no market...

But hey, she found a new way to market her artwork. Go figure.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

It's a good idea to not get too fixated on how you look.

Henry said...

she found a new way to market her artwork. Go figure.

Paint the stretch marks on women who are already beautiful.

Henry said...

Stretchmarks are often beautiful, anyway.

Henry said...

I knew a kid whose beer belly grew so fast he had atrocious red and blue stretch marks all across his abdomen.

We used to call him "T-Map" because it looked like the subway map for the MBTA.


Fake news. Should have been red and green stretch marks. No one rides the blue line.

Caroline Walker said...

MeMeMe!

Feste said...

The contemplation of things as they are
without error or confusion
without substitution or imposture
is in itself a nobler thing
than a whole harvest of invention.

Bacon, held by Dorothea Lange.

Kate said...

No postpartum abdomens or breasts.

Get off my lawn, kid.

Ann Althouse said...

Deciding that stretch marks are beautiful strikes me as pretty similar to coming to think that tattoos look good all over a woman's arms and shoulders. Do we want unmarked skin or not? Does a blank expanse of skin look too plain to people now?

Unknown said...

She is just highlighting how "huge" she was. Now I did not call her fat you notice.

Professional lady said...

I'm glad it's just paint and not permanent. The photos are kind of pretty and fun and you can wash the paint off. That being said, I'm really tired of all this "empowerment" and "accepting your body" by publically displaying everything hype.

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