Society is obsessed with weight and our appearance, this is fueled by a constant display of negative
social medium and no positive body images posted in everyday life. From the age of 13, trying secondary school I’ve suffered from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), this
has affected the way I eat and how I dress. I became fixated on imperfection and belive my
appearance is not actually how others see me. After years of struggling with my weight, I began to
wish that bodies were nothing but a body with no features.
Each work was developed to have no features of a face or limbs, evidently dehumanising the
sculptures creating empty shells and cages representing the feelings of what it feels like to have BDD. The work was resolved though multiple test and trials of cutting different types of manufactured
wood, to see which wood that would not split or chip, as well as keeping the weight of the
material low for hanging purposes. The chosen material is MDF. The Medium-density
fibreboard is malleable, allowing me to manipulate the hoops into one another. The material is
soft to cut through and does not weight a lot, therefore, the work can be hung from the ceiling.
Growing up in a society where thinness is prized, eating disorders are common and obesity is epidemic, how are generations allowed to experience being happy with there bodies when we idolise Disney channels stars Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, who all struggled with their weight from adolescent to adulthood.
While producing each individual hoop it became a meaningful time to reflect upon what community’s can do to empower young people and promote positive attitudes towards healthy minds and healthybodies.
MDF board does not have a natural grain like most wood, because it is a manufactured woodproduct. The medium-density fiberboard is fused and glued into a uniform panel, it is significantly easier to saw and lacking knots. The edges of the MDF can be sanded down to create sharp edges.To achieve the perfect wooden circle I attended a laser cutting workshops, where I learnt how to program the laser cutter, as it was a complicated process with multiple measurements in millimetres.
The main factor I wanted to achieve was the finish of the paint, this required days of applications, the process of coating the MDF was time-consuming as the gloss paint takes up to 24 hours to dry without a tacky surface. The next step was sanding down any imperfection, this method was to be repeated 5 to 8 times on each hoop until the paint resembled a smooth, shiny plastic.