Embroidered Breasts and Butts Challenge the Notion of “Beautiful Bodies”

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Note: Contains nudity.

“I love bodies,” Sally Hewett writes in an artist statement. “And it is not the conventionally beautiful bodies that take my eye, it is bodies which show their history, that have been altered by their experiences, that are decorated with bruises, scars, spots, stretch marks, freckles, pigmentation, veins.” She recreates sections of these figures with embroidered hoop art, sculpting breasts and butts within a circular frame. They are imperfect and make us question: are they attractive? Disgusting? Perhaps we’ll never really know, because idealized beauty has skewed our perception of how we look at others and ourselves.

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Sara is a Baltimore, Maryland-based blogger and illustrator. She's obsessed with finding the latest and greatest in illustration, which she shares through her blog, Brown Paper Bag. Offline, Sara enjoys embroidering flowers and foods that she's eaten and enjoyed. Follow the author @ Instagram , Twitter, Facebook and view more articles.