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‘Trapped’

By Nate Linhart | February 24, 2014
An eye-opening experience on how people view their bodies made “Trapped,” a Holmes Student Center exhibit, strangely alluring.“Trapped” displays work to showcase National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and was open Monday to the public.The show, which was at the Holmes Student Center’s Art Gallery, consists of several grayscale, risqué paintings of exposed women. Each piece has a hole where the face would be for observers to put their own face in. The exhibit shows how some women feel trapped in their own bodies.“Trapped” did give me an unsettling feeling. The display felt saddening and provocative. The art isn’t supposed to be pretty, but is there to make observers think.Each piece seemed nameless, which added to a claustrophobic sensation I got while viewing the art work.The art exhibit was small and did not have a lot of pieces. There could have been more paintings or even a sign outside the gallery to indicate this event was taking place. Regardless, the paintings were interesting and served their purpose.“I think it helps represent that with our bodies many feel trapped because in the media everyone’s body is the same,” said Hannah Tower, graduate nutrition and dietetics student. “It’s all edited, it’s all digitally altered, and these kind of represent a trap behind a window in their own bodies.”
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