Sunday, November 13, 2005

Individualism and Art: Alison Lapper pregnant

Individualism and Art:
Alison Lapper pregnant

This is a sculpture by Marc Quinn being exhibited in Trafalgar Square.

It's a great example of controversial art and defiant individualism, doing what seems right to you, no matter what anybody else thinks about it.

I can't wait for Carrie Snell, of the infamous A Grain of Salt blog, to see this.

Carrie is pregnant now and I post this to cheer her up about how she looks with a baby in her belly.

This is a "differently formed" woman who is proud of her body, even though it looks a lot different from most other human women.

I got this via the blog Learning Aesthetics

in the post "knowledge"

The blog author is feeling sad, thinking of quiting the blog scene. Please don't quit. We need you. I am very impressed with this discovery on your blog.

The original article is at The Guardian.

[QUOTE--from The Guardian article]

Lapper, 40, an artist and photographer, said:

"I am very hopeful that this sculpture will make a difference.

If you look at it, it is very beautiful as a piece of art.

Disabled people are not vulgar, or ugly, or grotesque, and hopefully people will recognise that."

She recalled the exhausting day four years ago when Quinn, best-known for his self-portrait made from 9 pints of his own frozen blood, cast her naked, pregnant body in plaster. "Who would have imagined that five years on it would be in Trafalgar Square?"


Be yourself--don't submit to any religion, tradition, politics, or peer pressure that doesn't seem right.

Think your own thoughts. Blog your own blog, and be confident that, even if you don't get a zillion comments, someone is blessed and benefiting from your individual voice.

[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate



carrie said...

wow. very cool. i shall now post about it as well. very interesting. ought to get the word out.

steven edward streight said...

Yes. My immediate reaction was positive, though I am very adamantly opposed to pornography. But simple nudity is not necessarily pornographic.

I found this in good taste and a glaring testimony of how even "differently formed" or "differently abled" persons can rejoice in dignity and acceptance.