FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: January 23, 2001
Contact: Lezli Austen
UIS Womens Center to host body cast artist
SPRINGFIELD The University of Illinois at Springfields Womens Center will host a week of events featuring Kansas City body cast artist Larry Kirkwood, from February 5-9. On Thursday, February 8, the Womens Center will host Every Body is Beautiful: An Evening for the Healing of Body Image. All events are free and open to the public.
The evening for the healing of body image will include remarks by Kirkwood; music by UIS student Veronica Espina; and visualization by Springfield psychotherapist, teacher, and author Judith Corvin-Blackburn. The event will take place in the Womens Center, Student Affairs Building (SAB) room 35, and light refreshments will be served. An exhibit of womens body casts will be on display in the center.
Kirkwood began taking casts of the human body in 1993 after decades of working as a painter and printmaker. With his first body casts, the powerful personal and cultural issues the casts evoked immediately struck him. Since that time, Kirkwoods work has focused on challenging the way we see others and ourselves and on getting people to see the human body aesthetically and with acceptance.
"The human form as subject matter has been so twisted by commercial use, that many people can no longer view it objectively," said Kirkwood. "These exhibits give the viewers the opportunity to see for themselves that regardless of the shape and size of ones body, the concept of visual beauty applies."
The womens body casts will be on display at the Womens Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 6-8. Kirkwood will be speaking on beauty as a relative concept at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, at the South Auditorium, SIU School of Medicine. He will also talk to classes at UIS and Lincoln Land Community College, and is available to speak on body image issues to other area groups.
Kirkwoods visit to Springfield is sponsored by the UIS Womens Center and by SIU School of Medicine. For more information, call the Womens Center at (217) 206-7173.
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