Graduate Alumni Work > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Tiffany Apolinski (Spring 2002)
Tiffany Apolinski (Spring 2002)
2002

For me art is about personal discovery. It is about digging into the depths of who I am as a person. It is about dealing with issues I struggle with. Most recently, I have been exploring my body image and my battle with anorexia. I have had issues with my body ever since I can remember but I have never delt with them in my work. This has been hard for me to do, but I feel it is a worthwhile experience. I believe that the risks I am taking in exposing myself through my art will help me deal with my obsession and hopefully serve as a vehicle to help others who are dealing with the same issues. I have chosen to use a personal, diaristic format to reach the viewer on an intimate level. I feel my image, and the daily recordings of my thoughts and feelings are integral in explaining the all encompassing nature of what I am battling. I want to show the raw reality of what an eating disorder means to me, how it is with me every second of every day. Here, the images and text are combined on bathroom scales, then mounted on the wall. Out of context and hung like a painting, it is my hope that the information will be "in your face" as well as approachable and readable to the audience. The fourteen scales in this piece reflect a two week glimpse at my obsession.