Boise visual art curator, art historian, writer and preservationist Amy Pence-Brown has turned performance artist with her latest project. She created a video of her approach to “ Radical Self-Acceptance” with photographer and filmmaker Melanie Folwell.
On Aug. 29, Pence-Brown stripped down to a black two-piece swimsuit and a blindfold at the Capital City Public Market, and invited anyone passing by to use a marker and write on her full-figured body.
Her chalkboard sign read: “I’m standing for anyone who has struggled with self-esteem issues like me, because all bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw on my body.”
The exchanges between Pence-Brown and strangers (and some friends) who stopped to draw hearts, and expressions of support and respect are moving to watch.
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She based her performance on a video posted by The Liberators International, an Australian group that seeks to involve people in participatory acts of free expression that “allow us to see that beyond our differences there is love and humanity,” she posted on her blog “ Doin’ It All, Idaho Style.”
Pence-Brown also founded the Facebook group Rad Fat Collective, a “secret society of ...socially engaged Idahoans of all shapes and sizes who are fed up with mainstream media and society telling us what a valuable body should do\be\act\look like.