by Jennifer Galm
Storm Lake, Iowa
My recent work embodies my idea of self-contentment. The idea that we can love ourselves despite any perceived flaws. My figure was inspired by my love for my children, but when I realized the strong affection I have for my children was not part of the relationship I had with myself, I knew something was intimately wrong with my current view of self.
While making “Embrace”, I had to be precise on many aspects, but on others I had to let go of my contrived idea of perfection.
A spot is a blemish to one and a beauty mark to another. Our physical, mental, and emotional selves are always in state of flux, so clenching onto past ideals only prevents us in marveling in who we are, at the moment, and all that we have overcome.