Artist: Ally Zlatar
Age: 24 Country: United Kingdom
For such a long time, I thought if I was thinner, I would be happier. Instead, quite the opposite occurred, and I became confined to my body. (Zlatar, Artist Journal, p. 47)
While my Eating Disorder began at the age of 13, I was formerly diagnosed with Anorexia at the age of 17. The Eating Disorder consumed my life for over 10 years. Since then, I have developed a distorted relationship with food, weight, and body image. My central problem was not so much the external physical ramifications of the illness, but rather the internalised psychological and emotional struggles that I have experienced. My approach is pertinent within this work since there is much need to give voice to those inflicted with Eating Disorders and to counterbalance the detached ‘clinical’ perceptions of the illness. The reality of living with the ‘inner torment’ deriving from these diseases is unbearable. It is incredibly difficult to express how having an eating Disorder can impact the self-identity and self-image of someone who is ill. My art emerges from this personal experience of these Eating Disorders and how I represent my body within my artworks.
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