I like to look at photographs of fat bodies in pleasing situations whether it is a woman picking flowers in a field, a plus size fashionista showing off her wardrobe sense, or an artistic nude. Apparently I am not alone. There are more than a few websites dedicated to showing off the female form in all its variety.
Looking for Fat ArtA simple search will provide many sources but one of my favorites is Tumblr – a site which I still do not completely understand the concept of. Usually it is posted by a fat person or a fat admirer and they have a comment system that does not go crazy with negativism like say YouTube. The down side is much of it is not credited so if you fall in love with a piece and want to see more from the artist it is hard to find them.
Fat People Art (Warning: there is some nudity) is a Tumbler account that collects images of artwork depicting fat people in various forms of dress and caricature. I am not quite sure how Tumblr works but I get the impression that people can register and create their own page or they can give their thumbs up for the entries they like as well as leave encouraging comments. Other favorites you can search for are "FatBodies", "LovelyFatties", "TessMunster", "FatArt", and "FatChic". And there are of course many links along the way.
Another place I like is Deviant Art, although I do not spend as much time there as I used to, the artwork consists of many mediums from photography to cartoon that are actually posted by the artist (or sometimes model) so if you like their work you can create a membership and follow them. You can even purchase prints – I have two in my office. A few of my favorites are "arealitystudios" (Nudity Warning), "mashi", and "drainoutmylungs" (You can do a search for them and their art-rooms will come up). And I have many non-fat art favorites too. I find it is better to do searches in specific categories than to do a search from the main page.
The Importance of Fat ArtFat art is important for both fractions of society (fat and non-fat) to view and enjoy. It is important for all age groups, sexes and ethnicity to get to view all forms in an artistic light.
It provides a broader framework for fat people to be observed on a positive platform beyond the scary obesity epidemic ads and hate propaganda we are bombarded with daily. The variety of fat art that exists shows us that it is not all about fetishism, although surely some of it is, but so is skinny art. It does not have to be about nudity, although there is lots of that too.
Fat art provides for the probability of beauty without mocking (unfortunately there is some of that too). It allows all of us to appreciate the beauty behind the form of all sizes, not just our own, and not the select few. It allows us to see the glimmer of beauty in ourselves that we often ignore or beat down with negative self-talk. It increases our comfort level with ourselves and others.
Fat art can show younger generations that bodies come in all sizes and that they do not need to be looked at with eyes of hate but can be appreciated for what they are – another view of the human body.
Can you can think of other reasons why Fat Art would be important for both societal and personal reasons?