March 20, 2001
CSUS Art Exhibit Explores Female Beauty
Finding beauty in the diversity of women
is the goal of "The Real Women Project," a sculpture
and poetry exhibition in the University Union Exhibit Lounge
at California State University, Sacramento, March 22 through
The exhibition is an effort to counteract the stereotypical
images of women in the media and includes 13 bronze sculptures
that celebrate the various shapes, sizes and ethnicities of
The idea behind the sculptures by T.J. Dixon is to use the
power of art to changes people's minds about the concepts
of female beauty.
"When I first began this project I didn't fully realize
the extent to which this series would affect me, not as a
sculptor, but personally as a women," Dixon said. "In
my career, I have always searched for unusual and different
body types to use as models. Although I celebrated this diversity
in my sculpture, my own self-image had been a lifelong disappointment."
For the Real Women series, 13 women posed for Dixon and she
created bronze likenesses of their forms.
"The dream behind the series is to use the power of art
to challenge our conscious and unconscious adherence to the
cultural ideal and to open our eyes to our individual beauty
as women," Dixon said. "This is not a new idea,
but the powerful and damaging images that we continually internalize
require constant and powerful challenges to help women reclaim
Dixon is a figurative sculptor from San Diego whose work is
exhibited across the country and on permanent display in California,
North Carolina and Pennsylvania. River Malcolm wrote an accompanying
poem for each sculpture.
The exhibition is part of national Women's History Month and
a reception will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., Thursday, March
22 in the University Union Exhibit Lounge.
The lounge is open from 10:30 a.m. - 3: 30 p.m., Monday -
Friday and 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For more information about the exhibit call (916) 278-8686.
Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public
affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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