WAVE Collective is taking online submissions for the theme Skin Deep coinciding with the exhibition taking place at the gallery café, Carmel by the Green, from the 8th of June until the 31st of July. We are accepting entries for our online features page throughout the length of the exhibition.
A body moves, it breathes, it lives: it is the physical embodiment of our minds – it operates autonomously – inhaling exhaling – keeping us alive while we scrutinize, admire, ignore, and abuse its form –
A woman dries herself after a bath gazing at wrinkles in the steamed mirror, a man peeks through a fence at a young woman tanning in her garden unaware, an adolescent checks themselves out in the reflection of a dusty shop window, a man pumps weights in a gym admiring his bulbous reflection, a woman admires her expanded pregnant belly –
The body is a temple, the body is a gift and a curse: an extension of our minds and sometimes a contradiction to whom we believe ourselves to be. We create in our minds the image of who we are and that image is not always what or who looks back at us in the mirror – who’s body is that and have I always had that freckle there? And is that really what I look like and who I am?
We poke and prod at our forms in front of mirrors pulling hairs from here, bursting pimples there, pulling at wrinkles, applying makeup, pushing up or flattening down, showing off what we like and hiding what we don’t in order to create the foundations of the persona we wish to amplify.
We are told by external forces what our bodies should be but will never quite live up to – steroids, self-tanning, diets, cosmetics, make up, plastic surgery, dresses, heels, bikinis, shorts of the summer craze. Do you have a beach body? The madness of beauty and ugliness never stops.
The body takes on a multitude of forms with each one being intrinsically distinctive at its core and perhaps this is wherein lies the solution to our problem – where the body is confident, meditative, unique in each of its forms; something to be marveled at in all of its distinctions.