Abbi Culliford

Abbi is from the New Forest and did her A-levels at Brockenhurst College. She has just moved from Winchester to London and hopes to do an MA in Art Therapy.

She has worked as a waitress in Winchester and is an assistant art therapist in St Catherine’s dementia care-home.

My practice scrutinizes the pressure imposed by contemporary society on beauty standards; to investigate the struggle between the way women view their bodies and contemporary culture. Throughout the course of this year I experimented with the representation of the traditional aspects of beauty and femininity within western art. My aim is to represent women in a raw, natural state; to show realistic bodies.

I chose to paint the nude because it is honest, vulnerable and natural. It drives an energetic sensation when we view our own image. My chosen subject matter is non-idealised bodies, exploring the female figure in ways that are both intimate and profound. I wish to show these women as a sign of peace, a spiritual connection with self. The nude is pure, confronting historical bigotry and rejecting contemporary ‘beauty standards’.

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