Francesca knows that she promised a sculpture series, but that involves sifting through her notes and emails and bookmarks, and frankly it is too hot outside. When the temperature dips below that of the surface of the sun, she will consider it.
Meanwhile, she must point you to the fat-tastic Adipositivity Project of the talented photographer Substantia Jones. The name comes from “adipose tissue,” ie fat, and positivity, ie celebrate! Some of the very few safe-for-work examples:
Francesca notes that as a matter of policy, Jones has left out the models’ faces in order to “coax observers into imagining they’re looking at the fat women in their own lives, ideally then accepting them as having aesthetic appeal which, for better or worse, often translates into more complete forms of acceptance.”
Francesca rather wishes she had included the faces as a way of forcing viewers to confront the woman in her entirety, with each subject’s face and personality and unique visage represented along with her body. We get enough “headless fatties” in media reports about obesity. Fat women, say “this is me!”
What say you? Is leaving out the faces a good artistic decision? A good political one? Does intent matter in cases like this?