Torso: Stories II

The ending of abusive relationships has led me on a journey to reconnect/accept myself

The ending of abusive relationships has led me on a journey to reconnect/accept myself and gain confidence. I’m 54, divorced with three grown children. Life hasn’t been easy but I’m finally going to feel comfortable in my skin and live my life on my terms. A lifetime of people pleasing and it’s about time I don’t give a fuck about what other people think.

I am more comfortable in my own skin as I grow older. I had always been self conscious about my body and always hiding my figure. My mother had always instilled a need for modesty. I believe I’m in pretty good shape considering my age and three grown children.

I had been very uncomfortable with nudity until I started to attend figure drawing classes. The classes really change your point of view. I have a new respect for the naked body and for those that pose. The models are comfortable with the vulnerability and it is inspiring. I have posed twice now for drawing and twice for photography and was comfortable each time. I came away feeling empowered.

Our culture seems to only associate sexuality with the naked body. I believe I probably held the same view until attending figure drawing classes. I’m now more accepting and see the beauty in the human form and all body types.

TORSO and other works is a self-published book that will be made available for purchase. Currently it's view able at the NOTMYCOMMUNITY show Dirty Laundry taking place at LUX Laundromat. Show runs from February 1st to 29th, 2020.


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