As human beings, we are designed to recognize patterns. When that pattern is disrupted, by nature, we feel the need to fix it. What in this pattern is missing? What makes this pattern different than the others?
As artists, we are pressured by society to create everything within the eye of perfection. Blend your brushstrokes till your hand grows tired; smooth out your scribbles till they are soft.
Then, at the end of the day, we are expected to look in the mirror and be happy with what we see. We are supposed to love our jagged noses, our crooked smiles, and all of our lumps and bumps. To some, this may even seem like an impossible endeavor.
With all of this in mind, as the artist, I have created this series of self portraits in order to take that “ugly” and put it up on a pedestal. To show the beauty in vulnerability, and ultimately inspire the acceptance of who we truly are— just human.
©2021 Abigail Nannenhorn, Just Human, All rights reserved
body dysmorphia, body image, female body dysmorphia, mental health, mental illness, body, digital art, digital painting