An average American woman is 5’4″ tall weighing 140 pounds; the average American model is 5’11” weighing 117 pounds!
What happens when females look at their bodies and compare themselves to the pretty, successful girls and women on TV or the high fashion beauty dolls our culture encourages them to play with? Girls end up feeling inadequate. Girls end up feeling like there is something wrong with them.
September 13 – October 10, 2014, the Ohio University Women’s Center will host the exhibit “Barbie Falls on Hard Times, The Sequel.” This exhibit marks the second presentation for the “Barbie Falls on Hard Times” photo essay at the Womens Center, and will feature images created after the close of the first exhibition in 2012 – a continuation of a series of environmental portraits by artist photographer Kari Gunter-Seymour.
Artists and photographer Kari Gunter-Seymour holds her piece “Barbie Falls on Hard Times #5,” one of 33 pieces Gunter-Seymour has created for her photographic essay portraying the famous glamor doll in chaotic and frenzied situations, visually creating the understanding that glamor doll “beauty” need not be the gauge by which women judge themselves, their bodies and their life situations.
Gunter-Seymour’s art focuses on body image and self esteem issues as it examines what the famous Mattel® doll’s life would be like if she were challenged with real life issues that women of all ages face – like cleaning the bathroom or getting stood up on the wedding day.
“By not having normal weight people, with ordinary complexions, hair and teeth as roll models, on TV or in the movies – by not having dolls that are realistically structured to represent the actual norm – the message being sent is that normal looking people or people on the heavier side are not acceptable,” Gunter-Seymour offers.
September 19, 2014, 4pm-6pm, plan to attend an opening reception at the Women’s Center, Fourth Floor, Baker University Center, Ohio University, Athens Campus.
“I think the message I am sending out directly addresses important women’s issues,” Gunter-Seymour says. “By ‘spoofing’ on Barbie, I am saying love yourself and love your body – even the most ‘perfect’ iconic woman can fall on hard times.”
Gunter-Seymour presents her work in large format black and white, rather than full color, creating tension and accentuating the use of light and shadow. “I am looking forward to getting together with everyone at the opening reception to join in what I hope will be some animated conversations concerning how we as women, here in Appalachia look at and feel about our bodies, and share ideas about working to change the impact of our national culture.” she adds.
The Ohio University Women’s Center is located on the Fourth Floor, Baker University Center. For more information call 740-593-9625 or go to http://www.ohio.edu/womenscenter.