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You’re too good looking to be this size

Sarah Blanchette

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You’re too good looking to be this size

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You’re Too Good Looking to Be This Size is a musing about a statement that my doctor made to me while administering my yearly physical—with his mouth close to my ear. The composition of this piece models my body and is made up of pieces of me. My eyes, hair, lips, and sparkly skin.

8
66"H × 55"W × 12"D
Fiber/Textiles
Wall Hangings
Figurative/Portraits
Contemporary
Quilting
Digital images printed on velvet, corduroy, thread, cotton floss
Yes
Yes
Dust with care and keep out of prolonged direct sunlight.

STATEMENT

As a pre-teen, I formed my IRL identity alongside my online persona. For a while, these two girls grew parallel to one another. When the IRL girl started changing physically and becoming unhappy with her body, the online persona could hold on to the youthful body and image that she started with. It was then that the fragmented woman started to form. The work that I create is a repeated exercise of trying to bring these two women together to establish new common ground. Thus far, that task has been immense. I expect that these women will someday collide again, but for now, the closest they get to each other is within the work. The works that I create always begin from an archive. Whether that is a quick 5-minute photoshoot with myself and my iPhone or a trip to my family film archive, I always start within a series of images and work to exhaust it entirely before moving on. Having the power to control which imagery is implemented in the work is the nearest feeling that I can find to managing my image. In the digital world of the internet, we sacrifice all aspects of control. I have the most power in my world. The techniques used are often rooted in quilting. This specifically references the act of quilting -sewing layers together and creating repetitive shapes. The broader history of quilting involves women working collectively on projects. My practice is intentionally a solo effort intended for meditation.

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