Plis et replis

Work in progress

In French, “faux plis” are “unwanted folds, placed in the wrong place and unsightly, especially on a garment.” I was taught by my mother, a seamstress, to chase them, stretch them and hide them. Not only the ones on garments but also the ones made by fat and skin on my body.

This is not just a personal or family point of view, the bodies we see on TV or in magazines are smooth, have no flaws, or are retouched to pretend they don’t exist These bodies  are celebrated for not making a fold.

In this series, I decided to set my folds as the center point I am confronting my own gaze and am learning to accept and love these parts of me that social norms taught me to chase, stretch and hide