Monumental Woman by Mary Ellen Scherl at http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/35672-mary-ellen-scherl
Scenes from Fat: the Play, a play some friends and I cowrote and performed about being fat queer femmes. We entered into Frontera Festival, a short play festival, in Austin and performed initially on Friday. We were then chosen for Best of the Week, and after Saturday’s performance have been selected to go on to Best of the Festival. We will perform two more times this week.
The director’s note goes as follows:
“We are a group of fat femme-identified queers. Most of us are not actors and don’t identify as writers, but we have stories to tell. For two months, we have been meeting to talk and eat and cry and laugh and write about living in fat bodies. How do our different race, gender and class identities affect our experiences as fat people? How do we undo the internalized shame our culture has taught us? For so long this word has been used against us- to dehumanize us and to pathologize us:
Fat adjective: (of a person or animal) having a large amount of excess flesh.
But fat is not lazy. Fat is not ugly. Fat is not stupid. Fat is fun. Fat is beautiful. Fat is smart. Fat is sexy.
Take a moment to consider how you think about fat people; about the fat people you see on t.v., the fat people you see in the super market, the fat people that you love.
This is for you. But it is also for us. We ask you to bear witness to our reclamation.”
Photo credit to Beverly Bland Boydston.
this is so powerful and important, the whole world needs to see it.Fat babes making art about being fat babes is always relevant to everyone’s interests.
I’d love to see this play come to LA.
We got Mally’s hair cut a few days ago, and she requested it be “really very short” so I can “put sour cream in it and it can be spiky!”. Again, the hairdresser was reluctant to give her what she asked for, and Mally was talked around to a longer (but still very cute) ‘do.
This afternoon she asked me if I could make her hair purple again, and as I was spraying it she started styling it up. I asked if she wanted help and she accepted, and together we created this.
"I’m a punk rocker, mummy!" she exclaimed with glee as she jumped around in front of the mirror.
And of course no rock chic look is complete without badly applied black and red eye shadow.. Malorie has the look down pat.
this is possibly the cutest little girl in existence