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MAT student’s art on display at Las Vegas City Hall’s Grand Gallery

January 30, 2017

  • Courtesy/City of Las Vegas

As reported by Kristen Peterson on

Not often does artist Shelbi Schroeder exhibit work that doesn’t remind us we’re human. Whether she’s laying naked as part of a performance piece or taking daily nude self-portraits with a FujiFilm Instax camera, her work addresses body image — particularly her own. It tackles society’s digitally airbrushed messages that seem to say, You can’t possibly look like this, but you should anyway.

In Reclaim, on display through March at Las Vegas City Hall’s Grand Gallery, Schroeder represents women when they’re free and letting go of restraints, societal or otherwise. Her digitally collaged patterns on fabric, which are presented as flags, are states of ecstasy, orgasms, moments that Schroeder sees as the woman reclaiming herself. It’s the artist taking her “hyperawareness” of her body and jumbling it with ideas of beauty, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, body shaming and other experiences many women are confronted with and that have long haunted the artist.

Read the full text and view images from the exhibition on knpr’s website.

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