Even in ordinary language lightness is often presented as a desirable state: lightness tends to be associated with feelings of liberation, purity, and well‐being. Those with eating disorders want to feel this lightness more than anything. There is an immense longing for feeling this lightness. The best way I could convey the feeling is swimming in water. The body can float, you are not confined, feeling complete weightlessness and have full and free movement of the body. Lightness is the embodiment of wellbeing and feeling pure. If you are light, you are not weighed down by the fat on your flesh, not feeling the aching bones, but able to float.
Exploring curating and art making as a methodology that suggests the human condition is more complex than it is currently understood, Alexandria (Ally) Zlatar examines, instigates and provokes notions of the individual experience through specifically focusing on philosophical discourse, body image, embodiment & ethics. Zlatar acknowledges there is power within the un-well body and believes there is tremendous value and potency through examining these subjects through the contemporary art lens. Born in Mississauga, Canada. She holds a BFA in Visual Art & Art History from Queen's University & a MLitt Curatorial Practice from the Glasgow School of Art. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Creative Arts with the University of Southern Queensland. She has been involved in many exhibition creations & has had personal work shown globally. Additionally, she has worked on many curation projects with such galleries as Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Hunterian Art Gallery & Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Art. She is continuously interpreting, her desire to communicate & facilitate the theoretical concepts of art is highly valuable to her & her practice and strives to make a difference in society.
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The Value of Lightness
Acrylic on Paper