Go big, or go home: onto the next canvas.

Go big, or go home: onto the next canvas.

A new Spicy Little Watercolor, “Woman of Smoke”. Buy it here: http://spicylittlewatercolors.bigcartel.com/

A new Spicy Little Watercolor, “Woman of Smoke”. Buy it here: http://spicylittlewatercolors.bigcartel.com/

Woman of smoke, with peacock feathers in her hair. Progress shot of a new spicy little watercolor.

Woman of smoke, with peacock feathers in her hair. Progress shot of a new spicy little watercolor.

Detail of “Attractive”. I never posted a decent photo of this painting and it is one of my very favorites.

Detail of “Attractive”. I never posted a decent photo of this painting and it is one of my very favorites.

"To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame" A painting series by Chloe Allred, video graciously created by Aaron Bourget.

Many women have experiences of body shame and histories of eating disorders and sexual assault. In my past work I have examined my own naked body as a place to consider body shame: my own body shame, the body shame of women in my family, and the body shame of women in this culture. Art is my place to reconsider the beauty ideals I have been given, and to create new ones. Now, I have painted other women with histories of eating disorders, sexual assault, and body shame. They are women with different personalities and idiosyncrasies all their own, but with similar stories of violation and survival. In being vulnerable and breaking the silence around past or current traumas, I and these women have discovered a great strength in ourselves, and the difference between victim and survivor.

If you would like to get involved, or become a model for the project, email: bodyshame@gmail.com

It’s the day of the showwww #tobebrave #endingbodyshame #bethereorbesquare

It’s the day of the showwww #tobebrave #endingbodyshame #bethereorbesquare

The opening reception for “To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame” is this Saturday(July 5th) from 5pm-9pm at The Hillman City Collaboratory (5623 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle Wa 98118). 

In addition to my twelve paintings, there is a line up of excellent performers. Here’s more info about what is in store:

A night of poetry, burlesque, dance and more! In response to the project series, performers will be investigating their experiences with body image, body shame, cultural norms, sexual assault and recovery.

Line-up includes:
Kenzie Hamblin
Mallory Mcdaniel
Jesse Belle-Jones
Imani Sims
Syniva Whitney
Stacy Lynn Gilbert
Doña Dei Cuori
Kt Shores
With your lovely hostess LoLo Ramone!

5:00pm - Gallery Opens/Meet-n-Greet
6:00pm - Belly Dancers, The Bra Show
7:00pm - “To Be Brave” Performances begin

Find out more about the project here: http://tobebraveproject.tumblr.com/

Questions? Contact Chloe at: bodyshame@gmail.com
The paintings will be on display from July 5th through July 26th.

Stacks of paintings. Install for “To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame” starts tomorrow. If you are in Seattle, come to the opening July 5th from 5-9pm at The Hillman City Collaboratory.

Stacks of paintings. Install for “To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame” starts tomorrow. If you are in Seattle, come to the opening July 5th from 5-9pm at The Hillman City Collaboratory.

tobebraveproject:

New painting in the works, a self portrait for “To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame”. For those of you in Seattle, come to the opening July 5th at The Hillman City Collaboratory.

tobebraveproject:

New painting in the works, a self portrait for “To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame”. For those of you in Seattle, come to the opening July 5th at The Hillman City Collaboratory.

In the works… #selfportrait #tobebrave #endingbodyshame

In the works… #selfportrait #tobebrave #endingbodyshame

New painting in the works, a response pose to “Pride”. #tobebrave #endingbodyshame #yesallwomen #chloeallred

New painting in the works, a response pose to “Pride”. #tobebrave #endingbodyshame #yesallwomen #chloeallred

"To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame" show poster! Design cred to the amazing Charlotte Dean. For my information, visit the project blog at: http://tobebraveproject.tumblr.com/  Questions? Email: bodyshame@gmail.com

"To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame" show poster! Design cred to the amazing Charlotte Dean. For my information, visit the project blog at: http://tobebraveproject.tumblr.com/  Questions? Email: bodyshame@gmail.com

Two latest paintings for “To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame”
#tobebrave #endingbodyshame #chloeallred

Two latest paintings for “To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame”
#tobebrave #endingbodyshame #chloeallred

tobebraveproject:

The Life of a Painting

This is a self-portrait for my project, “To Be Brave: Ending Body Shame”. It is a response to “Rape”.

To find out more about the project, visit the project blog at: http://tobebraveproject.tumblr.com