The self-portraits in Claiming Space are presented as large, glossy full-color posters, pinned directly to the gallery wall. The photographs are photographs of me, a plus-sized woman, as I want to be seen confronting and challenging the ideals of beauty, desire, and representation in contemporary culture and media. Using an active and direct gaze, I present a plus-sized woman with power and strength even in vulnerability. I am challenging the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women, especially fat women, and asserting the right to be seen.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Photography of women; Self-portraits; Body image in art
Photography and Related Media (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)
Davies, Gwendolyn Anne, "Claiming Space" (2018). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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