TheVenusEye

Phillisha Wathen (TheVenusEye) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1993. She received her BFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2015. She completed an intensive print and bookmaking program at the Scuola Internationale di Grafica in Venice, Italy for which she was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Her work has been exhibited at the Grunwald Gallery of Art in Bloomington, Indiana as well as the Graafika Festival in Kunstnike Maja, Parnu, Estonia. Currently, Phillisha is a Master of Arts in Arts Administration graduate student at Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana. Her artworks depict monstrous plus size women proudly displaying not only their sexuality but also their natural curves and weight. The monstrous aspects of their figures symbolize the negative attitudes held towards the natural female body while the images as a whole serve as messages of strength and the embracing of one’s so-called flaws. The figures being portrayed are not objects to be sexualized by the viewer, but rather function as symbols of pride and ownership over one’s self-body image. The paintings also parallel the objectification of women with the relationship between food and obesity as a means of commenting on women’s health and body image issues. The paintings also function as parables of how common society and women alike can use the power of perception to typecast, demean, and isolate individual women based on a generalized understanding of what it means to be a woman. TheVenusEye joined Society6 on November 22, 2015

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Phillisha Wathen (TheVenusEye) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1993. She received her BFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2015. She completed an intensive print and bookmaking program at the Scuola Internationale di Grafica in Venice, Italy for which she was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Her work has been exhibited at the Grunwald Gallery of Art in Bloomington, Indiana as well as the Graafika Festival in Kunstnike Maja, Parnu, Estonia. Currently, Phillisha is a Master of Arts in Arts Administration graduate student at Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana.

Her artworks depict monstrous plus size women proudly displaying not only their sexuality but also their natural curves and weight. The monstrous aspects of their figures symbolize the negative attitudes held towards the natural female body while the images as a whole serve as messages of strength and the embracing of one’s so-called flaws. The figures being portrayed are not objects to be sexualized by the viewer, but rather function as symbols of pride and ownership over one’s self-body image. The paintings also parallel the objectification of women with the relationship between food and obesity as a means of commenting on women’s health and body image issues. The paintings also function as parables of how common society and women alike can use the power of perception to typecast, demean, and isolate individual women based on a generalized understanding of what it means to be a woman.

TheVenusEye joined Society6 on November 22, 2015.

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