Jessica Ethington

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Look in the mirror and what do you see? I saw flaws. I saw blemishes in my skin. I saw parts of my body I wish would disappear. 

As many people so often do, I struggled with my own self image and how the rest of the world looked at me. I wondered if they saw my insecurities. I didn’t want to wear certain clothing because I didn’t want it to emphasize these imperfections. The media has distorted the way we view ourselves to an extent that people no longer see themselves for their beauty but rather the lack thereof.

This idea is what sparked my inspiration for Paint it Black. I had different people open up to me and talk about how they saw themselves. Many expressed what I had heard from friends in the past. They only saw their so called "flaw" as something they wished to erase. After choosing that specific body part we painted it with black paint then I had them model for me. I wanted them to see how beautiful they truly are, emphasizing the part they wanted to erase. After the shoot was over, many of these woman were stunned to see the images of themselves. In the end I wanted them to see themselves in a new perspective and realize that those “flaws” they think they have, aren't really flaws at all. That part they wished to erase or paint away was actually beautiful. Although different, each female body is beautiful.

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Norway
Trondheim
A Woman Who is a series of close ups of my body. Where stretch marks, stomach rolls, marks after underwear and body hair, which are seen as the ugly part of the body, become something beautiful. These series of self portraits focus on what is like to be a woman today, being my own muse and be com...
United Kingdom
Hereford
Artist Statement ‘Old Wives’ Tales Pregnancy Myth’ This series is a tongue in cheek look at Old Wives’ Tales and when I became pregnant the second time I decided I wanted to play with the idea of myths. Often regarded as irrational, illogical and absurd stories that over the passing of time have...
France
Paris
Crépus is an on-going photo series on Black hair of Black people in France. I’ve started this series back in 2019, everything began with a global project on Racism I'm still working on, with different lines of research. A short film I've directed called "The Orange child", it deals with the vision...
Mexico
Valle de bravo
These photos are part of my series "Mud" ,beauty is everywhere, framing it well is a challenging goal. When one tries to bring life to a frame, suddenly the expectations are elevated, but we do our best. Life’s a Journey.
United Kingdom
Norwich
I am an Interdisciplinary artist and designer. My practice is conceptual and wide ranging, often responding to a site, a situation or a place. Research is central to my creative process and I work across, constructed and printed textiles, photography, typography and printmaking. My practice is not r...

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