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Plastic Bodies Series: A Captivating Reflection on Society's Perception of Beauty

2007 Self Portrait


July 31, 2023

Sheila Pree Bright's Plastic Bodies Series: A Captivating Reflection on Society's Perception of Beauty

Atlanta, Georgia - Renowned artist Sheila Pree Bright unveils her thought-provoking series, "Plastic Bodies," which challenges society's narrow definition of beauty and its detrimental effects on self-image. This groundbreaking collection of photographs showcases the raw emotions and vulnerability experienced by individuals who feel compelled to conform to society's unrealistic standards. Bright began work on Plastic Bodies in 2003, presciently exploring themes that have resurfaced twenty years later with the release of the new film Barbie — though the photographic series and Greta Gerwig's film are quite different in terms of their approach.

Through her lens, Bright captures the essence of a variety of subjects from diverse backgrounds, highlighting the common struggle faced by many. By embodying plastic dolls, the subjects symbolize the unattainable perfection often propagated by media and advertising. Bright delves into the psychological impact of this phenomenon, raising questions about identity, self-worth, and the need for acceptance.

Each photograph in the "Plastic Bodies" series is crafted with meticulous detail, showcasing Bright's unwavering commitment to storytelling through visual art. The images carry an undeniable power, evoking a range of emotions from the viewers as they navigate their own relationship to beauty and societal pressures.

Bright, known for her keen eye and ability to capture authentic moments, has been recognized as a pioneer in contemporary photography. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide, opening up conversations on social issues and fostering dialogue on inclusivity.

The Plastic Bodies series contributes significantly to the ongoing discourse surrounding beauty standards and their impact on society. By shedding light on the struggles faced by individuals striving for acceptance and recognition, Bright invites viewers to challenge their own preconceptions and reevaluate the definition of true beauty.

Plastic Bodies will be at PhotoFairs NYC September 8-10, 2023, Javits Center, NY

Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta

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Plastic Bodies series is featured in the traveling exhibition, Posing Beauty in African American Culture, curated by Dr. Deborah Willis.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Kent State University Museum | Kent, Ohio August 17, 2023 – December 17, 2023 Taft Museum of Art | Cincinnati, Ohio October 5, 2024 – January 12, 2025

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