Women Hurting Each Other or Helping?
July 14, 2012 by Robyn Hussa Farrell
Filed under Activism, Art Therapy, Body Image, Creative Art, Empowerment, Expressive Arts, Fat Acceptance, Fat Talk, Featured, HAES, Loving Your Body, Role Models, Self-Acceptance, Weight Stigma
About fifteen year’s ago I was introduced to this painting and — to this day — it haunts me. I find it so incredibly powerful.
I was introduced to the artist — Gustav Rehberger — through a friend who took me to his studio. Rehberger’s gallery was a work space located in a loft above Carnegie Hall. There — in this glorious space — were hundreds of pieces. Every one contained a stunning depiction of movement and strength — bodies in motion and the glory of the human form. What I always loved most about Rehberger’s women is that they are drawn in “real” shapes — and always appeared incredibly strong and powerful to me. I was given one of his life drawings — a woman seated with her back facing us. Someone once looked at the drawing and termed these women “Amazons” — but, to me, they aren’t Amazons. They are real women. With bodies and muscle and fat and shape and substance.
What I found most striking about Rehberger’s “Aspiration” is that it shows women climbing over each other in order to tear a hole in the sky. Painted in the 70’s this piece always makes me wonder: Are the women hurting each other in order to excel, or helping? How have things changed today?
What’s your take?