July 22, 2010

Let her eat cake!

Filed under: Body Image — Tags: , , , , — Melanie @ 6:34 pm

over it by Liz Acosta

Artist statement:

An ephemeral drawing is one that is created to be destroyed. It addresses the relationships between medium, subject, and significance.

over it is the documentation of an ephemeral art piece that talks about overcoming disordered eating through the creation and consumption of a cake with a scale drawn on it with icing. Though its narrative is deeply personal, the experience is nearly universal in our image-obsessed culture with its narrow standards of feminine beauty.

Liz Acosta is a photographer, writer, artist, cyclist, and activist in Los Angeles. With a degree from the University of Southern California, her work is primarily focused on questions of the body and its relationship to gender, sexuality, and performance. She blogs at www.happyland2007.com and will be joining the Feminist Fatale family as a blogger in the near future.


  1. If this is the Liz I think it is– and it is!– wanted to say hello, and thank you for this creative and powerful piece! Very cool and like many, many women I’m sure, I can relate.

    Comment by Nina Harada — July 23, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

  2. Yay! Lizzie will be blogging!

    Comment by Cleo — July 29, 2010 @ 1:14 am

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  4. I think it is so empowering for Liz as a young woman to be able to over come this personal hurt and to work through what she was able to see. So many young women go on dieting binges and starve themselves its just not healthy at all. About a year ago I noticed my daughter Vanessa was losing weight dramatically. She never had this kind of mentality before about her weight and she wasn’t that over weight as it was, but then all of sudden she became extremely thin and I know her well to know how easily influenced she can become. I couldn’t help but think it was her partners doing, of course after I expressed my thoughts that it had to be her friends influence Vanessa about her weight, she became upset with me. Of course being a parent I usually come out as the bad guy. So its great Liz that you empower yourself as a woman and love yourself for who you are. Its vital all women do.

    Comment by Linda Segura — April 3, 2012 @ 9:52 am

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