​​Perla Segovia

Strength & Perseverance

Being self-conscious of my body weight has been a constant presence in my life since the day I realized people perceived me to be overweight.  I came to this realization when I was 8 years old and overheard a conversation in which my weight was being discussed as a concern.  Until that moment, it had never crossed my mind that my body was not was it was supposed to be. Since that moment I have struggled with my weight and with feelings of body inadequacy. I often have vivid dreams of being overweight. However, I have come to accept the idea that what is most valuable to me is my health and not my appearance; my health has everything to do with how I treat my body, rather than the size of my body. I would like to reflect upon these ideas through a series of steel silhouettes of a large sized woman doing yoga. Furthermore, the intention of this project is to reflect women’s unceasing strength and perseverance regardless of the continuous self-deprecating feelings many women experience because of fictional protocol imposed upon them as to how a woman’s body should be.

5.5 x 5.5', 4 x 4', 5 x 5'