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Aleah Chapin: "Body/Being" Art Exhibit

From Attn: Artist’s Nude Portraits Destroy Ideal Beauty Standards

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Chapin_phot-by_MariaTeicherChapin’s latest exhibit “Body/Being,” currently on view at Flowers Gallery in New York, navigates the boundaries of gender specificity, exploring both the male and female experience of the body.

The artist was inspired by the recent transition of her cousin, Qwill, who underwent breast-removal surgery after coming out as gender-neutral.

“The whole point of [my current exhibit] is to show that we are all the same in the end, no matter if we are an 84-year-old man or a 30-year-old trans individual,” said Chapin. “We all have struggles and experiences of being in a body, and if we could just focus on what we have in common instead of being afraid and judgmental of our differences, I think the world would be a much kinder place.”

Because she’s drawn to portraying real individuals rather than idealized figures, Chapin’s subjects are people she knows — friends, family, and other people who have come into her life one way or another.

“Essentially, I just needed to see images of real people in the world,” Chapin explained. “Although I am painting what we as a culture would call ‘imperfections,’ I’m trying to do it in a way that is free of judgment and shows respect to the reality that our bodies are temporary and constantly changing.”

Read full article: Attn

Details of the exhibit: Flowers Gallery

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