Size: 11"W x 14"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Welcome to Gilded Bodies, an art empowerment project that was born from my personal struggle to accept my transforming pregnant body. This idea stemmed from Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. Stretch marks and other changes that come with motherhood are often treated as something women need to hide or fix. If you look up the hashtag #stretchmarks you’ll see what I mean; endless ads for wraps and lotions that promise to have you back to pre-mommie shape. This project aims towards displaying the beauty of the transformation our bodies go through as mothers by gilding our lines and making them stand out as a part of our history.
I struggle with coming to terms with my new body, as many women do. I was surprised at how much I was hurt by these new lines on my body. My husband is witness to the dramatic soap opera tears that were spilled the day I saw the first red dash on my belly, but these days it’s all about celebrating this body that allowed me to create a beautiful, loved child. Here’s hoping this journey of mine helps you realize how beautiful your stripes are.
Andrea Barrios is a new generation of visual artist. She represents the crossing of cultural borders and the translation of popular culture. Her art reflects both the diaspora of a the Latin American immigrant experience and the consumption on 21st Century Americana; part Frida Kahlo and part Andy Warhol. The new face of the nation is brown but Barrios explodes that demographic with the vivid colors of a Mexican blanket and the bold representations of photo journalism that range for portraiture to abstract imagery. Her works both hold the viewer and propel them forward into a new era of great American art.