The Center for Gender Equity Hosts Annual Human Body Canvas

The Center of Gender Equity (CGE) and Art Club held their Human Body Canvas event in the Multi-Purpose Room in Washburne University Center on Saturday, Feb. 26. 

Human Body Canvas is an annual event held by the CGE that aims to promote body positivity through the use of art. In this event, students themselves were canvases, and student artists painted on volunteers following this year’s theme: “A Hero’s Journey.”

The event called for student volunteers for canvases and artists and the painting portion of the event started at 3:30 p.m. The gallery opened at 7:00 p.m. It was open to students but not to the public and photography was also prohibited. 

“We really just wanted to show that anyone could be the hero of their own journey and really bringing to life some of this mythology that could or could not be related to body positivity,” said Gender Equity Committee Chair Kat Casaubon. “I think we saw that a lot through the artwork on the canvases.”

There were different interpretations of the theme that manifested in paintings of dragons and constellations.

“I came in not really sure what I was going to do and who I was going to work with but I ran into Rachel and she’s my friend and we were talking about the movie, Hercules,” said senior Zoe Stanek,  who was one of the artists during the event. 

She paired up with Rachel Guthrie, another Pacific senior, who acted as the canvas. Their artwork was inspired by the Disney movie Hercules. It consisted of a gold shield, Greek columns, and vases.

“I was really excited about it,” Guthrie said. “It was just a fun way to let someone else express themselves on me and then I also get the input of what to express as well and it’s just really cool to use your whole entire body for art.” — Jamie Samson


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