Conversations with a Thin Girl: Considering this Large [Female] Body

STUDENT
Kimberly Bruss

COURSE
English 481

INSTRUCTOR
Jon McKenzie

MEDIUM
Graphic Essay

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I created this project as a response to an assignment Professor Jon McKenzie gave while I was in his English 481 class.

The project is modeled after several works we read in class, notably Marshall McLuhan's "The Medium is the Message." In the project, I attempted to dissect a portion of my identity that I have never before examined--living as an overweight woman in (specifically American) society. I look at the transgressive roles that fat women inhabit based on patriarchal standards of worth, value, and goodness. I also consider how fat and female--though seemingly mutually exclusive--attempt to reconcile in my own body. The theory of Susan Bordo and the extraordinary artwork of Garry Hobbs have also greatly inspired this project.

2 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. Sad and beautiful and satisfying. I feel I completely understand. Thank you for creating this work of art.

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  2. Thank you! The essay was personally difficult but wonderfully cathartic to create. I'm glad you've found something worthwhile in it.

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