Sally Hewett is an UK based artists that turns body parties into sculptures that intrigues us. Her idea is to challenge the idea people have of beauty and ugly.
Sally is interested in how we see things and how we interpret what we see: does her particular way of representing bodies, using fabrics, stitching and embroidery, affect how the content of the work is seen? Her work is seen as an investigation of the divide between craft and art.
This sculptures manage to show us how the artist loves bodies to create art inspired by their best and worst. the most appeliang ones to her are the ones which show their history, that have been altered by their experiences. Bodies that have the marks of life on them.
But also bodies which have been deliberately altered and decorated – by man rather than by life – scarification, tattoos, plastic surgery, fillers, etc. Are some characteristics of bodies inherently beautiful, or ugly, or disgusting? Or because we see everything through the veil of culture, fashion and convention is it almost impossible for us to see bodies objectively?
The artist defy us to think over this matter that is so important for nowadays society.
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