Everyone has a part of their body that they haven't quite grown to love. We are bombarded with images of "perfect" Photoshopped bodies daily, and it becomes shockingly easy to see a manipulated image and feel like we fall short. But the artist Sally Hewett is giving you the tools to push back against those knee-jerk reactions with her embroidered works of art.
Her unique art centers on women's bodies and qualities often considered ugly by society, like cellulite, stretch marks, body hair, and plush bodies.
"My practice centers around ideas of beauty and ugliness, and the conventions which determine our definition of each," Hewett writes on her website. "Are some characteristics of bodies inherently beautiful, or ugly, or disgusting? Or because we see everything through the veil of culture, fashion and convention is it almost impossible for us to see bodies objectively?"
Through her art, Hewett tries to give us a new lens to look at those "imperfections." Through her art, a viewer realizes there's nothing inherently beautiful about a thigh gap, just like how there is nothing inherently ugly about cellulite. The only difference between the two is that we have been conditioned for decades with definitions for each.
"I love bodies," she writes on her website. "And it is not the conventionally beautiful bodies that take my eye. It is bodies which show their history, that have been altered by their experiences, that are decorated with bruises, scars, spots, stretch marks, freckles, pigmentation, veins. Bodies that have the marks of life on them."
That's exactly the type of bodies her work celebrates. Hewett has a series of embroidery artwork that embraces hairy upper lips, tummies with stretch marks, butt acne, pubic hair, surgery scars, and even mastectomies. Check out her art below, and see your body through a whole new perspective.