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Photo major chronicles history of women, body image issues in exhibit

An Austin Peay State University senior will unveil an exhibit that delves into both the issue of body image and the history of women.

Caitlin Gibson, a photography major and womens studies minor, will open her exhibit, titled Evolution of Woman, 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 24 at the Trahern Gallery.

The exhibit, which runs through April 28, features Gibsons self-portrait photographs as well as a life-sized ceramic woman and drawings. Evolution of Woman is Gibsons senior exhibition for course credit.
An Austin Peay State University senior will unveil an exhibit that delves into both the issue of body image and the history of women.

Caitlin Gibson, a photography major and women's studies minor, will open her exhibit, titled “Evolution of Woman,” 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 24 at the Trahern Gallery.

The exhibit, which runs through April 28, features Gibson's self-portrait photographs as well as a life-sized ceramic woman and drawings. “Evolution of Woman” is Gibson's senior exhibition for course credit.

“It was difficult for me to take these images of myself; it is even harder to share them with others, but I think it had to be done,” Gibson said. “Low self-esteem and body image issues plague many girls and women like they have me. I want to show other women that when they are able to really look, they are already beautiful.”

Also in the exhibit, the ceramic woman connects the present to the past. The figure sits under a tree and is surrounded by depictions of women from history who often are omitted from history books. The woman has come to peace with herself and her body, as well as her place in history among other great women, Gibson said.

“I think of my art as a form of activism. I want to make art accessible and interactive. I want to draw the viewers in by requesting they leave their own mark by writing an anonymous reflection on a woman who influenced their life, or their own struggle for self-acceptance, and leave it to become a part of the show,” Gibson said. “I feel that if I make one person think of themselves, or the world around them just a little bit differently, I have done my job.”

For more information, contact Professor of Art Cindy Marsh by telephone at (931) 221-7349 or by e-mail at marshc@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer